Abbeyleix Golf Club would like to acknowledge the passing away of Jim Cahill on the 19th of October 2021. He was a great Member, Ambassador, Servant for the Club. He was Captain in 1983 and President in 1995. He was involved in many activities in the club for which he will be greatly remembered.
Belated sincere condolences to Germain Cahill, James, Rachel, Simon and David, his sister Maura grandchildren Freddie, Daniel, Faye, Jennifer, Mia and Edward, daughters-in-law Sarah and Amanda, son-in-law Peter O’Callaghan.
Jim can be quoted, to have said, after a game of golf: “I have to go back to my children and tell them their hero has failed again.”: “I have to go back to my children and tell them their hero has failed again.”
May he rest in peace.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
Recent Death: (Thursday 21st July 2022) It is with deep regret that Abbeyleix Golf Club announces the death of Catherine Hamm wife and mother of members Peter and Nigel Hamm. Our sympathy is with the family during these very hard times. May she R.I.P. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam Funeral arrangements on www.rip.ie
Club Monthly Raffle
Death Notice: (21st April 2022) It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Angela Fingleton, Munny, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Wife of Har Fingleton Past Captain and President of Abbeyleix Golf Club. May she R.I.P. Sympathies with the Fingleton, Keenan, McWey, Campion and McCrossan Families. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a Anam.
Death Notice: (13th April 2022)It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Gerry Kelly, Sweetview, Abbeyleix. Co. Laois Social Member of Abbeyleix Golf Club. May he R.I.P. Our sympathies to the Kelly Family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. Funeral arrangements on www.rip.ie
Abbeyleix Golf Cub Membership 2023 Draw Results 2nd April 2022: Winner Des Sutton.
Dear Member, We are honoured to write this communication as you’re 2022 Abbeyleix Golf Club Captains. It is with great delight that we can announce that our Captains Drive In will take place this year on Saturday 26th February. The day will commence with the arrival of both Captains at approximately 10:15 with hot drinks and refreshments being served from 10am. The ceremonial drives will take place at approx. 10:30-45. A 9 hole scramble will take place on this day with details of entry to follow. This will be a shotgun start, beginning after the drives. After the golf we would like to invite all participants back to the bar where there will be a presentation and speeches, there will also be music by Abbeyfolk at 5:30 making it a fun and social event for everyone. Many thanks to all those who have paid their subscriptions to date, and we would like to take this opportunity to remind all members that we are having our Free Sub Draw which closes to entries on February 20th. All you have to do is pay your 2022 sub by this date and you will be automatically entered into the draw (T&C’s apply). Your continued support is very much appreciated and this is our small way of giving back. The draw will take place during our first presentation night which will take place Sat 5th March. All presentation will take place the first Saturday of every month. Finally, we both look forward to seeing you on the 26th and around the club over the coming year. We wish you all a happy years golfing and best of luck in all competitions Your Captains Bridie & Brendan
- 3rd February 2022: It is with deep regret that we announce the death of John Scully, Timahoe Co. Laois. Father of Sean Scully and Brother of Peter and Tony Scully members of Abbeyleix Golf Club. May he R.I.P. Our sympathies to the Scully Family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
- 1st February 2022: It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Elizabeth Hamm, Ballinakill, Co Laois. Mother of member Peter and past member Seamus Hamm. May she R.I.P our sympathy to Peter, Seamus and all the Hamm family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
- 29th January 2022. It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Joan Kavanagh Thornberry, Abbeyleix. Co. Laois. Mother of member Val Kavanagh may she R.I.P. Our sympathy to Val and all the Kavanagh family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Death Notice 13th December 2021: It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Sean (John) Fitzpatrick, Thornberry Abbeyleix member of Abbeyleix Golf Club. May he R.I.P. Our sympathy to Joe and the Fitzpatrick Family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. Funeral Arrangements on www.rip.ie
Death Notice November 2021: It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Eddie Thornton (17th November 2021) a prominent member and Past Captain of Abbeyleix Golf Club. May he R.I.P. Our Sympathies with the Thornton and Purcell families. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
R.I.P. 10th September 2021
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Breda Maher a prominent member past Captain and President of Abbeyleix Golf Club. May she R.I.P. Funeral Arrangements later. Our sympathy to Jack Maher and all the family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Nora O’Sullivan 15th June 2021, a prominent member and Past President (1997) of Abbeyleix Golf Club. May she Rest in Peace. Funeral arrangements later. Our sympathy to Eamon O’Sullivan and all the Family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
5th February 2020: It is with regret we announce the death of Larry Mahony R.I.P. ( Past Member of the Club). We extend our sincere sympathy to his family. More details on Facebook and Twitter.
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
It is with regret we announce the death of Joan McEvoy ( Née Cole) R.I.P. Sister of AJ Cole (Member and Officer of the Club) We extend our sincere sympathy to her family and to the Cole family. Funeral will be private, family only. Streamed Mass from Abbeyleix Church 12 noon on Thursday 21st January 2021, burial afterwards in St Patrick Cemetery.
The Members of Abbeyleix Golf Club are saddened to hear the death of Brendan Dunne R.I.P. (Golfer and Memeber). We extend sincere sympathy to his family. Funeral will be private, family only. Streamed Mass from Abbeyleix Church 2.00pm on Thursday 21st January 2021, burial afterwards in St Patrick Cemetery.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of a great member, Gus Fahy. He will be sadly missed. Our sympathies to his partner Audrey and family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
The Members of Abbeyleix Golf club were saddened to hear the Death of John Dalton R.I.P Timahoe on 3rd January 2021 John was an active member of the Club for many years. We would like to sympathise with Catherine his wife and all the family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
Ann Goodwin RIP
It is with regret that we announce the death of Ann Goodwin RIP, (19th June 2020) daughter of one of our longest serving members Nora O’Sullivan and sister of present member Eamon O’Sullivan. Please check our Facebook Page for more details and funeral arrangements which will be held on Monday in Portlaoise. May she rest in peace.
Liam Burke R.I.P. (Notice 13th May 2020)
Abbeyleix Golf Club extend sincere sympathy to Richard and Michelle Burke and the extended Burke Family on the death of Liam R.I.P. Liam was a tremendous member of the club and served as course manager for many years. May he Rest in Peace.
Mr Jim McDonald R.I.P.
We regret to inform you of the death of a great member Jim McDonald. Thursday 9th April 2020. Our sympathy to Matt and all the family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Mrs Phil Ryan R.I.P.
Abbeyleix Golf Club extend sympathy to the family of the late Phil Ryan R.I.P. who passed away very peacefully at her home on Sunday 5th April 2020. Phil has been a great member, friend and a very generous sponsor to the Ladies and Mens sections for many years. She has left us with her legacy of “The Mrs Phil Ryan Trophy” and “WJ Ryan Trophy for which we are eternally grateful. She also served as Lady President in 1985.
Deepest sympathy to Bria, Ailish and Karen, their Husbands, Phil’s Grandchildren and her Sister Clair.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Nell Foley R.I.P.
Abbeyleix Golf Club extend sympathy to the family of the late Nell Foley R.I.P. who passed away on Monday 27th January in Tramore, Co Waterford. Nell held many distinguished positions in the club, lady captain in 1969 and again in 1980. She also served as lady president in 1965.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
1st Round of Winter League Deferred due to weather conditions.
Course was closed Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January due to frost. The 1st Round Scramble has now been moved to Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March 2020. The Play and Dine competition will now be moved to to the 7th and 8th March 2020.
Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 8.00 p.m.
- Starting Date 18th / 19th January 2020
- Enter your team this weekend (10th, 11th, 12th January 2020) Sheet on Notice Board (Lobby Area of Club House) Teams of 3. One Sub on team allowed. Entry:€25 per person.
Men’s Winter League Format
- Played over 5 rounds on 18 Hole Course
- 1st Round to be played between Saturday 18th and Friday 24th January 2020
- 2nd Round to be played between Saturday 25th and Friday 31st January 2020
- 3rd Round to be played between Saturday 1st and Friday 7th February 2020.
- 4th Round to be played between Saturday 8th and Friday 14th February 2020.
- 5th Round to be played between Saturday 15th and Friday 21st February 2020.
- 1st Round 3 Ball Scramble
- 2nd Round 3 Ball Classic
- 3rd Round 3 Ball Rumble
- 4th Round 3 Ball Waltz
- 5th Round 3 Ball Dusty Bin
Christmas Hamper Draw Results 22nd December 2019
- Frankie Walsh
- Evelyn Mulhall, Ballyroan.
- Patricia Kavanagh c/o Kathleen, Ballymaddock.
- Jim & Gemaine Cahill, Carlow Road
- Maeve Flynn c/o Catherine Kirwan, Raheenabrogue.
- Declan Moore
- Bernie Carroll
- Martina Peacock
- Martin McDonald
- Declan Moore
- Derry & Catherine Connolly
- Michael McDonnell
- Sorcha Dunne
Many Thanks to Geraldine Murphy, Bernie Carroll and the Entertainments Committee who organised this event.
Captains 2020 Evelyn Casserly and Liam Ryan
New Category of membership 2020
- A New or Lapsed Member can join for a period of 3 years for €400 per year. A member who recruits a new member will have his/her sub locked at €400 for 3 years (Motion passed at A.G.M. 2019)
- All other membership stays the same as last year, check out membership page.
A big “Thank You” to all our Sponsors and everyone who supported our Fundraising Classic in September 2019. €6,680 was raised to help us purchase a Tractor for the course,
“Captains Drive Inn” Sunday 20th January 2019
- Assemble in the Club House 11.30 a.m.
- “Captains Drive In” 12 noon
- 3 Ball Better Ball (Shot Gun Start 12.30 p.m.) 9 Hole Stable-ford Competition.
- The in-coming Captains, Tom Molumby & Karen Odlum with Presidents Bosco When & Teresa Bradshaw and Officers of the Club look forward to meeting you and wish everyone an enjoyable year of Golf in 2019.
Mixed Match Play Winners 2018
Liam Ryan and Elizabeth Meagher.
Presented by Blathnaid Bergin, Lady Captain Andrea Rogers and Captain Noel Burke.
Runners Up of the Mixed Match Play 2018
Liam Dunne and Elaine Mahony (Absent). Presented by Blathnaid Bergin and Captain Noel Burke.
Monster Christmas Hamper Draw
Takes place on Wednesday 19th December 2018 after the A.G.M. Please remember to submit draw cards this week.
The A.G.M of Abbeyleix Golf Club will be held on the Club House on Wednesday 19th December 2018 @ 7.30 pm. Motions for A.G.M and nominations for Council, (Proposed and Seconded) to be lodged with Secretary 5 days in advance of meeting. Nominations /Motions Slips on Notice Board. Place Nomination / Motion Slips in brown envelope provided and place in green fees box.
Golfer of the Year Peter Dunne 2018
Christmas Charity Flower Demonstration 2018
There will be a Christmas Charity Flower Demonstration in the Club House by Lawlor’s Florists on Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 8.00 p.m. Admission €10 Special Door Prize and a compliment glass of wine.
Singles Match Play 2018
Donal O’Callaghan accepting the Singles Match Play Stone Arch Trophy 2018 from Captain Noel Burke on behalf of his son Oisín O’Callaghan. This is the second time Oisín has won this Trophy. He won it in 2014.
Oisín OCallaghan Singles Match Play Winner 2018 and 2014 with Fr Seán Conlon
Runner Up Singles Match Play 2018
Joe Anderson with captain Noel Burke
Captains Celebration Night 2018
Saturday 1st December 2018 at 9.00 p.m. in the club house Music, Dance and Food. A special night of thanks to all supporters of the club in 2018 Admission Free.
Men’s Fourball Match play Winners 2018
Cyril Bacon and Tom Reilly with Captain Noel Burke
Mass for Deceased Members Relatives and Friends of Abbeyleix Golf Club
Friday 16th November at 8.00 p.m. in the Club House. All Welcome.
Runners Up Men’s Fourball Match Play 2018
Mark and Jim Ring with Captain Noel Burke
Shaw’s Open Singles Final
Bank Holiday Monday 29th October. Block Draw Please get your name down on the time sheet.
15 Hole Turkey Competition
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October
Fundraising Classic Friday 7th to 9th September 2018
Thank you to everyone our Sponsors, Members, Visitors and Friends who helped make our fundraising weekend a tremendous success. Over €8,500 was raised for the club
Celebrating St Patrick’s Day 2018
Social Night “Guests; Local Comhaltas Group, with local artists. Great night assured. Friday 16th March 2018 at 9.00 p.m. All are welcome Tickets available. Admission €5. Lots of Craic and Rúille Búille. Please support.
25 Card Drive
Abbeyleix Golf Club Saturday 27th January 8.45pm start. Admission €10. Supper Included.
“Captains Drive In” Sunday 14th January 2018.
- Assemble in the Club House 11.30 a.m. Presidents Address (Mr Tom Carroll)
- “Captains Drive In” 12 noon
- 3 Ball Better Ball (Shot Gun Start 12.30 p.m.) 9 Hole Stable-ford Competition. Pick your own Team. Time Sheet available.
- Music from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Pat Costello no cover charge, finger food, dancing etc.
The in-coming Captains, Presidents and Club Officers look forward to meeting you and wish everyone an enjoyable year of Golf in 2018.
The A.G.M of Abbeyleix Golf Club will be held on the Club House on Friday 12th January 2018 @ 8.00 pm. Motions for A.G.M and nominations for Council, (Proposed and Seconded) to be lodged with Secretary 5 days in advance of meeting. Nominations /Motions Slips on Notice Board. Place Nomination / Motion Slips in brown envelope provided and place in green fees box.
Victorious “Left Handed” Golfers 2017. Captained by Aidan Dunphy. Receives the Trophy from PJ Peacock (Sponsor) of the “19th Hole”
Abbeyleix Golf Club Launch Souvenir Historical Calendar (December 2017)
History was made in Abbeyleix Golf Club recently with the launch of a souvenir calendar of the club.
This is no ordinary calendar but a comprehensive history from its beginning in 1895, making Abbeyleix one of the oldest established clubs in the country.
The exact location of the original course is not clear with local legend putting the first course at “The Island” between Ballyroan and Abbeyleix. It moved first to Ballymullen and then to Heywood in 1921. On the 11th. May 1927, the club moved to its present location in Rathmoyle when Mr Robert Wilde of Rathmoyle House offered the front lawn of his house as a course.
Every facet of golf club life has been highlighted in this publication, from the great victories in inter-club competitions, record scores on the course and the many social activities in the clubhouse. The introduction of celebrity golf classics helped to raise necessary finance and while the celebs enjoyed playing during the day, the song and laughter lasted long into the night.
In more recent times, members showed their prowess on the dance floor as well with a very enjoyable strictly come dancing. The club has always been very conscious of its place in the community and many different organisations have participated in fundraising efforts on the course, the local sporting groups, charitable organisations , and youth groups have always been an integral part of the fabric of the club.
Based on an idea of vice-captain Noel Burke, the project got full support from everyone in the club. A sub-committee was formed and the final product is a testament to their tremendous work. Packed with history, anecdotes and a tremendous amount of photographs, old and new, this is a calendar that will become a coffee table reference for many friends of Abbeyleix in years to come.
The 2017 captains Aidan Dunphy and Bernie Carroll launched the calendar in front of a packed audience of many past and present members in the clubhouse for the launch. The captain Aidan acknowledged the attendance of Viscount De Vesci, who had recently been awarded honorary life membership of the club.
The calendars are for sale at €10 per copy and €20 for the laminated version.
Contact Doris 0879291873. Copies may also be viewed in the local library and post office.
Up Coming Events
Left Hand Players V Right Hand Players on Friday 29th December 2017 at 11.00am . See the notice board in the club house for more details. This Years Captains Aidan Dunphy (L.H.P) and Noel Burk (R.H.P).
Last Years Winners (R.H.P) Captained by Donal O’Callaghan (Trophy Kindly Sponsored by P.J Peacock “The 19th Hole”