It is with regret, that we announce the death of James Ward brother of Michael, a long standing member of our club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lena, Michael, Brid and the entire Ward family at this sad time. James' remains will repose at McGlynn's Funeral Home, Dungloe, Co. Donegal. Visitation on Tuesday the 13th of April from 2pm to 6pm in McGlynn's Funeral Home. Removal will take place on Wednesday the 14th of April, travelling to Arranmore on the 9.45am Ferry for 11.00am Mass in St Crones Church, Arranmore followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Mass can be viewed on https://youtube.com Saint Crone's Church, Arranmore Island.
May he rest in peace.
With the return to golf in sight at the end of the month, we thought that we would whet you appetite, if that were needed. Our Greenkeeper, Paul and his team have been busy with course enhancements and improvements. Paul took time to take a few photos of the work. The major work of raising the 18th tee box, realigning the 18th fairway and construction of the new 15th tee box is now complete. The 13th tee box has been raised and levelled and the bunkers at the first have been remodelled. Roll on the return to golf!
We’re sure you’re as frustrated as we are at the lack of access to our golf course. We eagerly await a date from the Taoiseach when we can resume play.
However, amidst the gloom there is some good news. Many of you will have read Jonny McClintock’s excellent article in the local press and on social media about our fantastic elite junior golfers. Our Dunfanaghy juniors certainly punch above their weight: Luke Kelly is the current Ireland Under 17 champion and previously an Ulster Under 16 Close Champion; James Sweeney is on the Ulster Under 16 panel (having previously been on a victorious Ulster Under 14 team) and Evan Hogg is in the Ulster Under 14 panel whilst big brother Darcy is Ireland’s leading Under 16 player winning the 2020 GUI Order of Merit. We are, rightly, very proud of the boys’ achievements.
More good news came from Golf Ireland recently when the Club was awarded a grant of €23,500 to go towards projects ensuring the Club’s future sustainability. The grant monies will be used to upgrade the Club’s IT system and the installation of solar panels to reduce running costs. As stipulated by Golf Ireland, grant money cannot be used to pay off any part of the Club’s debt nor, unfortunately, can it be used to offset members’ annual subscriptions. We have also applied for a separate Government Sports Capital and Equipment Grant for 5 new electric golf buggies. This would be a very welcome addition as the Club’s existing buggies are on their last wheels!
Some sadder news. Ruth has decided to leave the Club for pastures new at Letterkenny Golf Club. Ruth has always been a friendly face in the shop and bar. We wish Ruth every success in her new venture.
We look forward to seeing you in person hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
With kind regards
Bill and Paula
The McGinley Motors Scratch Cup
Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, Dunfanaghy Golf Club has taken the decision to postpone the McGinley Motors Scratch Cup that was due to be contested on Saturday 17th April 2021.
We hope to reschedule the competition later in the year when restrictions are eased.
Dunfanaghy's young stars are making waves around the county and further afield. Lets hope that the Lockdown is lifted soon to let them continue the journey!
Sadly the death has occurred at her late residence of Ruth’s Mother, Isobel Stewart. Ruth and her family are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Ruth is a very valued member of staff at our club and I know you will join with me in supporting her in the difficult weeks and months ahead. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
We hope that everyone remains safe and well during the current Covid restrictions. As many of you will be aware, the lockdown in Northern Ireland has been extended until early March and given the prevalence of disease and the enormous pressure that health services are facing across the island, it is likely that restrictions throughout Ireland will be extended. Given the obvious health benefits of getting regular exercise and the fact that the risk of contracting Covid-19 on the golf course is remote, we share your frustrations that we can’t access the links. Our golfing unions have been lobbying Government but to no avail.
Despite the closure, works continues both on and off the course. Paul and his staff continue to make improvements to the course whilst office staff and committee members are working behind the scenes with grant applications etc.
To date we have held back on issuing subscription invoices for the coming year. However many of the running costs continue despite the current lockdown. Indeed the annual “subs” meet only 40% of the Club’s annual expenditure. To that end, we will be issuing the 2021 subscription invoices soon. The social levy will not be charged this year (although members can still put money on their Smart cards as before and receive discount in the shop and bar when we reopen).
Therefore to meet our necessary ongoing costs we would urge you to pay your subscriptions as soon as possible. If you would like to pay by electronic banking, then you can do so using the bank details in the email you will have received.
Please advise the club by email when you have made the payment so that you can be issued with a payment receipt.
To quote Aristotle: “patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet” so please hang in there and we look forward to seeing you all in Dunfanaghy soon.
Bill and Paula
Captain & Lady Captain
We note with regret that the Irish Government have reinstated the original Level 5 restrictions, which confirms the closure of golf courses along with all other sporting facilities in the Republic of Ireland. The Department of Sport have confirmed to us that the restriction on golf and other sports will be effective from midnight on 30th December.
We urge all of our affiliated clubs to continue to adhere to the public health restrictions and we will remain engaged with the government authorities of both jurisdictions to ensure the return of our sport across the island of Ireland as soon as possible.