Maryann’s appeal for charity event support

Castleisland Golf Club captains, Maryann Downes and Denis O’Sullivan at the announcement of details of the club’s Play in Pink Charity Classic for Breast Cancer Research.
Picture: John Reidy

THERE was nobody more qualified than Castleisland Golf Club’s lady captain, Maryann Downes when it came organising a charity golf fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research.

The Brosna woman’s qualifications came layered and wrapped in experience given that she had been there and survived.

It’s the backdrop of that interruption to the normal pattern of life that urged her to join forces with men’s captain, Denis O’Sullivan to organise a Play in Pink Charity Golf Classic.

The event will take place at Castleisland Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday, August 25/26.

A meeting of club members saw the launch of the charity drive and the table full of prizes, already received spoke volumes of the determination with which the two-day event is being approached.

“We’re organising the Play in Pink Golf Classic as our contribution to help fund ongoing cancer research so that people will have a better chance of life after a diagnosis,” said Maryann.

“We’re putting out an appeal now to all clubs in this and surrounding counties to enter a team in the charity event. Teams of four and of any combination will be welcomed. What we’d really like is for members to invite friends and guests to help make up teams,” she added.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice: signed football

“This is all about the charity and raising the funds to help progress research and all proceeds of the day will go to the research fund,” Maryann said.

The entry fee for teams of four is €100 and the format is two scores to count on each hole and all scores on the 18th. Prizes will include two fourballs and two night’s accommodation in New Forest Estate, Tyrellspass, Co Westmeath, a fourball on the Cashen Course in Ballybunion, a fourball at Charleville Golf Club and a fourball at Youghall Golf Club.

There will also be a raffle for a two-ball in Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort and other prizes will include an autographed Kerry football signed by all the current team members and recently retired manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice which is a collector’s item now.

Registration on Saturday will be from 8am to 3pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm. Members can book online through the club’s Facebook page.

For more details contact Maryann Downes on 087-2458496 or Castleisland Members’ Golf Club on 066-7141709.

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