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DR CROKES GOLF SOCIETY

 

Happy 2018 to all members.

Leading the troops for 2018 are Shane Horgan, Captain and Niall Brosnan, President. 

 

Our Captain for the year is none other than the all round sportsman Shane Horgan.

Shane was born in May 1978 to parents Mossie and Betty Horgan and raised in Ardshanvooley. Married to fellow great golfer Deirdre Prendergast, he has two children Brian 8yrs old and Fionn 6yrs old.

 

He played underage football with his beloved Crokes under the stewardship of Eddie O Connor, Jim Connelly and Patrick O Sullivan. He had a number of successful years at underage winning a few East Kerry titles. His potential as a future senior club player was brought to an abrupt temporary halt when he shattered his shin playing a Minor game against Rathmore.

 

His layoff from the game was substantial and he only went back playing in his mid twenties and played most of his football thereafter at Junior level. He played Junior B football in 2017 winning the junior league. Shane had other sporting achievements and he was one of the most high profile players on the Killarney basketball scene for several years.

 

Shane first came to prominence with the St. Paul's and Killarney Community College teams in the early 90s. He was selected for the Munster schoolboy’s team and from there he progressed to represent Ireland at International level in 1994. Despite being one of the youngest players on the team, Shane was an instrumental figure at point guard on the St. Paul's Killarney team that defeated Star of the Sea Belfast in the U-19 National Cup final in 1995.

Two years later, he was the team captain when St. Paul's clinched the same National Title again against the same opposition, winning 65-63. Shane then went on to enjoy an excellent playing career at National League and Superleague level from 1996 to 2008. He was the first choice point guard for the Kerry Spring St. Paul's team of the late 1990s and was a driving force on the Gleneagle Lakers team for most of the noughties.

With the return of National League basketball in Killarney this season, after the absence of nearly a decade, Shane Horgan has again featured as an experienced player on the Scott’s Lakers squad but has concentrated mostly on Assistant Coach duties passing on his vast knowledge and wisdom to the younger players.

And of course there is GOLF. The Society’s lowest handicapper for a number of years,

the talented all-rounder started playing golf over the summer months while at College and became addicted to our wonderful game. He is a current senior cup player with Killarney

 

 

He won the Captain’s Prize in Killorglin in 2004. He also won the Singles Matchplay in Killorglin against another Killarney and Crokes man Peter Fleming. Over the last two years he was 2nd in Peter O Briens captain Prize 2016 and went one better in 2017 winning Brian Clarkes Captain’s Prize.

 

Our President for 2018 is Niall Brosnan. Niall, a Solicitor by profession was born in 1953. Juvenile football was very much in its infancy back then and Niall was spotted by the great Crokes stalwart Tadghie Fleming playing in an Altar Boys v Choir Boys game.

 

Tadghie must have seen something as the following day there was a knock on the door of 63 New Street where Niall grew up and Tadghie asked would he play with the Crokes. He of course accepted and the Black and Amber has run through his veins ever since. He won a Hogan Cup with the Sem in 1969 before moving onto UCC where he won a Cork County Championship medal along with fellow Crokesman, Denis Coffey (RIP), Sean and Donal Kavanagh and Tom Looney.

 

On the field with the Crokes he lost the first seven O Donoghue Cup finals he played in before deciding to retire as his Legal Practice in Killarney and Kenmare was growing quickly. After a break of a couple of years he was asked to come back with the Seniors along with his great friend, the late Denis Coffey and with a young emerging side, they succeeded in winning two O’Donoghue Cups in 1981/2. He trained the Crokes senior team winning the Intermediate Championship in 1985 and the club hasn’t looked back since.

 

Off the field Niall has always been very actively involved in the running of the Club becoming Vice-Chairman at the age of 22 and Chairman at the age of 24. Never a man to be found wanting, Niall has also been involved in fundraising efforts on behalf of the Club and also undertook all legal work for the club during his professional career. He has recently retired from Practice and now that he has more time on his hands, he is sure to get even more actively involved in the club.

 

He has been a member and sponsor of the Golf Society since its foundation and has previously held the role of Golf Society Captain. Married to a Cavan lady Bridie and father to Eimear, former Kerry and Crokes Star, Eoin and to Kieran, who also played Club Senior until work took him away from Killarney.

 

We wish both Shane and Niall and enjoyable and memorable year in 2018

 

 

Again like every other year we ask members to heed the membership section of this letter and make sure they are not disappointed by paying their membership fee to any member of the committee before or on our first outing

 

                                 

¨       Membership                                                                                                                        

 

Membership of the society will again cost €40 if you have already paid your club membership. Club membership for 2018 is either €100 through the “Clear Air Boys” or €50 for standard membership. As can be seen by the fully equipped Gym & the Storage Shed, funds generated by the Clear Air Boys” have been put to good use and I would encourage members of the Golf Society to support this initiative.  Note, membership is to be paid before or at the first outing (if playing) or the 31st of March to any committee member. As the number of members is capped and there is a waitlist in operation, payment received after this date will not guarantee membership. 

 

 

 

 

Fixtures for 2018

 

¨     March 31st  Mahony’s Pt t/t 8.30am – 10.40am

¨     June 16th       Dooks t/t 9.00 am – 10.50am

¨     July 13th        Killeen t/t 1.00pm – 3.20pm

¨     Aug 11th      Kenmare t/t 10.00am – 11.40am

¨     Sept 15th       Dingle t/t 10,00am – 11.20am

¨     Nov 24th        Killarney Mahony’s Pt  t/t 10.30am shotgun start with 

                                    Gneeveguilla 

 

Timesheets will be in operation as usual. Please email or text me (lchartnett@msn.com). Some outings will be limited during the year because of the available tee time. Do not include your name if you are doubtful about travelling, as members were disqualified in the past from one outing for failing to show on the day.

               

 

¨       Sponsors

 

We would sincerely like to thank our sponsors and ask you to support them throughout the year.

 

                Speakeasy                          Scott’s Hotel                      Niall Brosnan

                Mike Buckley                     Tatler Jack                          Johnny Courtney

                Vince Casey                        Brendan Keogh                 Harry & John Bartlett                    

                

The Coffey family are sponsoring a perpetual trophy in memory of our former Captain Denis Coffey RIP. This will be presented to the winner of our first outing each year.

 

Thanks to our outgoing Captain Brian Clarke and outgoing President Paul Downey for a successful year in 2017. Congratulations to Niall O Mara on winning the Player of the Year. Many thanks to the Committee Members for their hard work throughout the year.

 

Good health, prosperity and enjoyable golfing to all in 2018

 

On behalf of the Committee

 

 

Liam Hartnett

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Liam Hartnett, Secretary

086 0435116

 

Brendan Keogh (Treasurer), John McEnery, Ger O Shea, Vince Casey and Michael Howard 


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