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Golf club honours founding members on 125th anniversary

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Junior Minister Brendan Griffin TD was on hand to launch commemorative plaques for Killarney Golf and Fishing Club as they celebrate their 125th anniversary. The launch took place at Killarney House and Gardens as the history of Killarney Golf Club is inextricably intertwined with the story of the Earls of Kenmare, and in particular Lord Castlerosse.

Historically, both locations have benefitted from the generosity of benefactors such as the McShain family, Lord Castlerosse, and Beatrice Grosvenor, who in generously donating their estates to the Irish Republic, have ensured that many generations to come will have the absolute pleasure of visiting and viewing these beautiful locations.

While the primary mission of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club is what it says in its name - to promote golf and fishing – the club are very conscious in celebrating its anniversary that they not only celebrate the present but also mark the past by erecting these commemorative plaques. In this way, the story of the men and women who founded Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and the story of its various locations will not be forgotten and will live on in present and future memories.

The names of all the founder members are on a plaque and will be displayed permanently in Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Relatives of the Downing Brothers, represented by Creagh Downing and Lady Tucker, and Ellen O’Connell, represented by Katie and Clare O’Connell, who were involved in the founding of the club.

Lady Tucker was a founder member of the club and she was also a scratch golfer - both activities would not have been the norm for the majority of women at that time. As part of Killarney Golf Club’s 125, the Ladies Club, in consultation with Ellen and Lady Tucker’s family, re-designated the Lake Cup as the Ellen Lady Tucker Cup which was awarded to the best net score in Handicap 18 and under on this year’s Lady Captain’s Day.

Paddy McCarthy and his family and Mary Shanahan were also presented with a commemorative plaque. Killarney Golf Club was located on Paddy McCarthy’s land (Deerpark) from 1893-1936 and the clubhouse of Killarney Golf Club was located in Brú na Páirce which is the property of Mary Shanahan.

Pat Dawson of Killarney House and Gardens was presented with a plaque to acknowledge the involvement of Valentine Browne, the 6th Earl of Kenmare, in establishing Killarney Golf and Fishing Club at its current lakeside location at Mahony’s Point in 1939. Valentine Browne was better known as Lord Castlerosse and is quoted as saying, “When anyone sees Killarney, even if he is the basest heretic, he must believe in God”.

Lord Castlerosse found it necessary to find a new location for Killarney Golf Club due to the fact that the land agent for that part of the Kenmare Estate located at Deerpark and comprising of the then Killarney Golf Club was instructed by receivers to obtain a proper market rate for the letting of the lands.

The lands at that time in 1936 were let to Killarney Golf Club at a peppercorn rent of just 1 shilling per annum and, following a review, it was decided that the rate should rise to £75 per annum. This was a massive and potentially ruinous increase, and one that the then membership of some 130 could not afford. After all they were only paying 1 guinea per annum as their subscription, which in total amounted to £136 and 10 shillings.

Thanks to the vision of these men and women, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club found a new home on the shores of Lough Lein. This vision has made the club what it is today, with all its rich history and breath-taking scenery, and we look forward to what the next 125 years will bring.

Pic: Valerie O'Sullivan.

 

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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