Club News

Carrickshock Gaa Annual Golf Classic 2021

Carrickshock Gaa club wish to extend thanks to all who assisted in the running of the recent golf classic, to our committee, our BBQ team, Callan Golf course, the players and all our generous sponsors 

1st prize €200 Monster House x 4, Nicky Walsh 103 points

2nd prize Seven Oaks Voucher, Orla Mc Cormack 12 points 

3rd prize Mount Juliet 4 ball, and Kilford Arms voucher, Evelyn Murphy

4th prize Kilkenny Golf 4 ball and Kilford voucher, Matty Walsh

5th prize Callan 4 ball and Hotel Kilkenny voucher, Liam Duggan

6th prize Carlow 4 ball Dolmen Hotel voucher, Richie Power

7th prize Monster House x 4, Pius Phelan

8th prize Gowran 4 ball, Tims Bar voucher, Seanie Gibbons

9th prize Michael Lyng Jackets, Donie Walsh

10th prize Cool boxes, John Brennan

11th prize 4 picture, Kilkenny community radio

Ladies team Prize Mosses Bowls, Ciara Fennelly

  • Men nearest to the pin, hamper, Ray Coady
  • Ladies nearest to the pin, hamper, Mary Kennedy
  • Men Longest Drive, hamper, Darragh Hennessy
  • Ladies Longest drive, hamper, Marian Forde
  • Ball on the 16th green, John Ryan €250


1st.Weekend away Woodenbridge Hotel Co Wicklow, John Maher, Templeorum

2nd Meal Vouchers The Spinnaker Bar, Dunmore East, Jamie Power

3rd Meal Vouchers, Rafter Dempseys, Ross Holden

South Leinster
Callan’s match against Gowran on Thursday 8th July went down to the wire in this competition where 7 players take part in Singles match play so the first team to win 4 matches gets through to the next round.
With 4 matches at home and 3 away, Callan looked in good shape with 2 wins in Gowran from Tony O’Driscoll and P J Farrell and 1 from Patrick Dalton at home. Shane Kenny lost on the 17th in Gowran.
Two of the home matches were decided on the 18th Green with Joe Tierney and Brian O’Donnell missing out so it was down to the last player where Stephen Kelly was unlucky to be beaten on the 20th (2nd extra hole). Well done to all involved in managing and playing for this team, they were so close to winning in all of the 4 matches that were lost.
Jimmy Bruen
This match was played on Saturday afternoon with 3 matches in Carlow and 2 at home which was a tough task given the large membership Carlow can draw on and their course being one of the most challenging in the region. The away pairs proved up to the task with James Logue and Sean Lyster winning 3 and 2. James Holden and David Morris were beaten by the same score while Nicky Morrissey and Eoin O’Sullivan were all square after 18 and heading off down the 19th.
Meanwhile back in Callan both matches were ding dong affairs the whole way. Any advantage was soon dragged back and there was no time where either side could be picked as likely winners. After 18 holes the first pairing of James Donovan and Johnny Kennedy were tied and so headed off down the 19th and then the 20th. Meanwhile our 2nd pairing of Keith O’Dwyer and John Mitchell were 1 up on the 18th tee and halved that hole so we finally had 1 winner in Callan.
Back to the 1st match which by now was on the 21st which was halved as was the 22nd. Finally on the 23rd (5th extra hole) following a great drive by Johnny Kennedy and a good first putt by him, James Donovan holed the most important putt for a deserved win for Callan.
The final match in Carlow was then called in so the overall result is 3.5 to 1.5 and on to the quarter finals to be played on or before July 25th against either Gowran or Rathdowney.
Barton Cup.
This brought Callan up against Borris who had despatched Kilkenny in the previous round and so were a side to be given full respect. Callan had 3 matches at home and 2 away.
Niall O’Sullivan and Niall O’Connor won the 1st match in Borris on the 18th while James Holden and David Morris were beaten. At home in Callan, Ross Holden and Liam Rafter won 2 and 1, Denis Murphy and Sean Lyster won on the 18th and Richie Condon with Eddie Culleton were called in while looking like they would win their match so the overall result was 3.5 to 1.5. The next round is against Rosslare to be played on or before August 1st.  
Upcoming matches
The Duggan cup 2nd round is Tuesday July 13th at 3.30 pm V Wicklow.
The next round of the Pierce Purcell against Rosslare is provisionally on Saturday 17th at 3.00pm.
Best of Luck to all involved and your support would be appreciated.

Due to Covid19 restrictions we have, up until now, been unable to allow members use sand bags to repair divot marks. We have now decided to start using bags again, due to the high number of unrepaired divots, but in a covid responsible way. As soon as we get a supply of bags in, we will be introducing a scheme whereby every person who plays on the course will be REQUIRED to check in at the Golf Shop and collect a sand bag which they can then fill by hand from the bin of sand which will be, as before, near the 1st tee box. As we kept ‘Losing” bags in the past we will require everyone who gets a bag to pay a fully refundable deposit for the sand bags of €2 or €3 which on return of the ’empty’ bag to the shop will be repaid. If you wish to keep the bag that is ok too but we keep the deposit.

We had a fantastic weekend for Golf in Callan over the past 3 days with over 220 entering Joe Madigan’s Captains prize
As per tradition, the course was set up at its hardest and was a test of golf for all.

15 players qualified for the 9 hole playoff with their 18 hole Net scores ranging from 66 to 69 inclusive.
Well done to all those and hard luck especially to those who barely missed out on 70 / 71.
Holes 7 to 14 and the 18th were played for that play off with a par of 34.

The winner with an excellent 2 over par 36 was JOHN MITCHELL playing off 11
His score for the 27 holes was 98.5 Net.

Best Gross Paul Madigan 74 – playing off 3, net 71
2nd Place Dylan Kealy
3rd Place Robert O’Dwyer
4th Place Dinny Murphy
Past Captain Pat Mulrooney
Junior Evan Comerford
Senior Denis Collins
Front 9 Joe Tierney
Back 9 Stephen Kelly

A Covid 19 restricted presentation took place after the play off and all present received their prizes.

There were 15 2’s and those who paid the entry fee will receive €20 for each two.

Club Classic results

We had a fantastic turnout for the Club classic and a huge thanks to the organizing committee who did Trojan work to run such a successful event for the Club. We had 512 golfers participate over the 4 days with 131 teams as some played with 3. A huge turnout considering Kilkenny also ran a classic over the same weekend. A huge thanks to all of you who played and the 64 of you who played more than once. It was fantastic to see our club buzzing once again and to have the Clubhouse and restaurant full of happy members and guest. Thank you all for making the weekend such a success.


1st Prize……….4x €150 vouchers for O’Dwyer Golf Stores
Winners. Darren Comerford (Callan) , Martin Prendergast (Gowran), Evan Comerford (Callan) and Ger Prendergast (Gowran). With a fantastic score of 111 points.
2nd Prize………4×32 inch HD TV’s sponsored by Electro City.
Winners. Noel Whelan (Gowran), John Whelan (Gowran), Michael Whelan (Gowran) and Andrew Williamson (Gowran) with a great 108 points.
3rd Prize……..4x Dungarvan green fees sponsored by Dungarvan GC plus €100 meal voucher sponsored by P.O’Dwyer K.S.M.
Winners. Benny McGuire (Callan), Tommy Coyne (Callan), Philly Parsons (Gowran) and Brian O’Neill (Callan) with another high scoring return of 106 points.
4th Prize……..4x Carlow GC green fees sponsored by Carlow GC.
Winners. Liz Cashin (Callan), Paul Cashin (Mount Juliet), Margaret O’Dwyer ( Mount Juliet) and John O’Dwyer (Mount Juliet) with a score of 105 points on countback.
5th Prize……..4x Faithlegg GC green fees sponsored by Faithlegg GC.
Winners.Patrick O’Keeffe (Gowran), Joe Coakley (Gowran), Shane Timmons (Gowran) and John Crowe (Gowran) with 105 points on countback
6th Prize……..4x Tramore GC green fees sponsored by Tramore GC.
Winners. Brian Dargan (Kilkenny), Paul Dargan (Callan), Marco Ruessman (Callan) and Evan Walsh (Gowran) with 104 points.
Best ALL Ladies Team……..4x €100 O’Dwyer Golf Stores voucher.
Winners. Bernie Madigan (Mount Juliet), Elle Madigan (Callan) Mandy O’Brian (Callan), and Anna O’Brian (Callan) with 99 points
Mixed team……..4x New Ross GC green fees sponsored by New Ross GC.
Winners. Jim Wellwood (Callan), Michael Murphy (Callan), Caoimhe Murphy (Callan) and Aoibhe Murphy (Callan) with 102 points
Combined ages team over 250…….4x Waterford GC green fees sponsored by Waterford GC.
Winners. Liam Duggan (Callan), Sean O’Neill (Castlerea), J. Browne (Dundrum) and Rev. P. Duggan (Kilkenny)
Non GUI team…….4x golf shirts sponsored by O’Dwyers Golf Stores.
Winners. Gerard Carroll (Callan), Jonathan Hickey (Callan) S. Kavanagh and G. Downey with 108 points.

We had a great turnout for our President Eamon Holohan’s prize last weekend, with almost 180 entering. The course was in great condition with fast greens and pin placements tricky. The Saturday players had the best conditions and that was reflected with all the top places going to those who played that day.

Winner Sean Lyster (16) 42 Points

Gross Niall O’Sullivan (3) 39 Points

2nd Michael Walsh (18) 41 Points

3rd Aidan O’Dwyer (16) 41 Points

Senior Eddie Tallent (18) 40 Points

Past President John Grace 28 Points

Front 9 Stephen Bateman (16) 23 Points

Back 9 Anthony Corr Larkin (22) 22 Points

Details on Prize giving will be publicised when we know them. We had 13 people with 2’s . Note dates for this week include Wed Open singles and at the weekend we will have the Junior and Intermediate scratch cups (also Open events).

Captains Drive in.

Our Captains, Anna Corr and Joe Madigan, drive in went ahead on Saturday morning last despite ‘Jorge’ rearing his head in the afternoon! We had good weather for it, if a bit cold, and a fantastic number turned out for the drive in and we had in excess of forty for a sit down meal afterwards. All new 2020 officers drove off well on the first with no one in the water. Now that we have the year officially started we can only hope that the storms will stop and let us get on with our golf

Ladies Section.

It has been an awful February to date and hopefully it will ease off for a better month in March and let us play some Golf.

Men’s Section.

Once again the weather played havoc with our weekly competitions with no OPEN competition on Wednesday and both Saturday and Sundays weekend competition also canceled.  February was certainly a month to be forgotten from a golf point of view as the weather played havoc with our golf sending us three storms. There are some good points in that our greens have held up very well and despite some scaring on a few holes should be in very good condition going into the main playing season. While we have had incredible rainfall over the last month and most of the winter the course is drying well. A few good dry days and it will be more than playable.


We are now TWO months into the playing year and while many members have made the effort to pay their subscriptions some have not. The office is open seven days a week to facilitate payment and we also have many options available to you including a new direct debit system which can be paid over 6 months. From next year we hope to introduce the direct debit system to everyone which will be of great benefit to your Club and to you as you can spread your subscription payments over the year at a very minimal cost. It allows the club to budget better and it means you will not have one big cost at a difficult time of year for most people, finance wise.

Our new website went live over the weekend and hopefully you like the look of it and you find it easy to navigate. We still have a few things to finish. We have no pictures of this years Club Officers!! Also the new fixtures section under NEWS is not complete, but will be soon. The course news need to be finished and we hope to have it updating every day during the winter and during the summer with course news and opening times if weather is a problem. If you have any suggestions or ideas on improving it do let us know on the contacts page. Also the new BRS part of the website has nothing to do with the Club the people who own BRS did the upgrade and told no one!!
The Ladies competition played on Tuesday 4th February was won by Rita O’Neill with a score of 21 points and second was Noeleen Quinlan with 17 points on (CB). The nine hole competition was won by Sandra Moore with 16 points and second was Patsy Murphy with 9 points
The ladies spring league will begin shortly, so if you want to enter the entry sheets are up in the ladies locker room.

Our second week back with the Wednesday OPEN singles brought another good entry which was up on last week. The winner playing off a 5 handicap winning with a fantastic score of 27 points was Darren Comerford for a prize of €50 and second was Ollie Fennelly with 26 points (CB) For a prize of €30. This was the first competition of the spring league and judging by the scores its going to be a nail-biter.
The weather at the weekend, especially on Sunday, disrupted our men’s weekend competition and while we had 21 out on Saturday we had no one on Sunday. We had some very good scoring on the Saturday with the greens again being applauded for how good they are.


Over the next few week we will be organizing our fund-raising Classic, which this year is earmarked to be played over the Easter bank holiday weekend. We started our drainage program in 2018 when we ran a very successful Classic which as we all know raised fourteen thousand euro which went towards the drainage plan on the 2nd and to the rotary decompaction program on the rest of the fairways. This was a huge success. Now in 2020 we must continue this program and the target would be to put new drainage in on the 13th and start a sand spreading program for some of the fairways including the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 11th among others. This is a very necessary program and should be continued every year. We are hosting the Jimmy Bruen qualifiers this year and we will need to have our course looking its best for our visitors. This year we must also earmark a considerable sum to rectify the 7th hole and the cost of removing the ‘stump’ on the 7th fairway will be considerable. We may have to do drainage work after that is removed and we will also need to rectify the fact that it is now no longer playing as an index six for men or thirteen for ladies. What we do on this hole will be well communicated to members by way of a survey for direction from you on what you the members want us to do.

A big thanks to all of you who have made the effort over the last week to repair pitch marks as it has been noticed how FEW unrepaired pitch-marks there are as of late. And those greens are looking and rolling fantastically.


It’s that time of year again when we need people to come forward to play for the Club in inter-club competitions. The entry forms are up on men’s noticeboard in the hallway for you to enter and so are the entry requirements for the individual competitions. Its a fantastic opportunity for members to play for the club and a great way for new members to meet your fellow members. SO go on, please put your names in and maybe this will be our year to get to the finals and win a pennant. Alternatively you can enter your name by e-mail to the