Monday, September 11, 2006

Would you believe it - Dublin win an All Ireland!

St. Brigid’s of Dublin ensured that one All Ireland title would reside in the capital this year when they secured the title of All Ireland champions in the FBD All Ireland GAA Golf Challenge picking up the perpetual Waterford Crystal Dunhill Trophy. The victorious St. Brigid's team took on the best GAA golfers from Ulster, Connaught and Munster over two days at Faithlegg Hotel and Golf Club, Waterford on September 9th and 10th.

The All Ireland champions from Dublin sealed victory with a winning score of 169 and were led by former intercounty football stars Jason Ward playing off a handicap of 13 (Jason played his intercounty football with Leitrim), and former Dublin corner back Martin Cahill playing off a handicap of 9. The pair were ably assisted by Niall Coyne (14) and Martin Prior (19). They held their overnight lead of 3 points over Derrygonnelly Harps, Fermanagh. Dunhill GAA Club, of Waterford were lying in third place, 6 points behind on Saturday and gave a great performance on Sunday to finish as runners up on 154 points.

The Waterford quartet was led by club vice Chairman Donal Murphy (11), former intercounty footballer Derry Kiely (Scr.), former intercounty hurler Martin Murray (14) and juvenile mentor Brian Dunbar (14). Derrygonnelly Harps finished in third place on 148 followed by Athenry GAA, Galway on 145. The overseas champions Barcelona Gaels came in fifth.

Over 120 GAA clubs competed over the last three months at provincial finals to qualify for the honour of representing their province in an All Ireland Final. The winning team received the perpetual Waterford Crystal Dunhill Trophy, with Waterford Crystal medals being presented to each of the individual players, as well as a weekend for four people, plus partners, at the Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club.

The FBD All Ireland Golf Challenge was established by Dunhill GAA Club, Co. Waterford in 2000, allowing golfers the chance to represent their GAA Club in an All-Ireland for the first time ever. The FBD Golf Challenge was established with the aim of the young and the not so young playing on the one side. The unique feature of this competition is that there is no senior or junior status, no large or small section and no age restrictions. The smallest rural club can take on the largest urban club and compete on a level basis in an All-Ireland Final.

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