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Pitch & putt club play for a Liberties legend

Sunday, 15th July, 2018 10:00am
Pitch & putt club play for a Liberties legend

David McGrath, Tony Ferns, Breda McGrath, Philip Keating, Luke Doyle, Rachel McGrath and Ciara Kane at the Longmeadows P&P Club Ballyfermot event.

Pitch & putt club play for a Liberties legend

David McGrath, Tony Ferns, Breda McGrath, Philip Keating, Luke Doyle, Rachel McGrath and Ciara Kane at the Longmeadows P&P Club Ballyfermot event.

THE late, great Fran McGrath is in an awesome place if he is anywhere like the Longmeadow’s Pitch and Putt course in Ballyfermot on Sunday, July1.

The course basked in sunshine as Fran's friends and family gathered to compete in the inaugural 'Simply the Best' - Fran McGrath Perpetual Pitch & Putt Cup.

Fran was very popular in the Liberties with a lovely, salt of the earth family. He helped to organise the club in the area for over 20 years and was instrumental in getting local people from all walks of life out for a game every Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, he took a turn a couple of years ago aged 62 and passed away.

A great tournament all round, one of the best players in the country, Philip Keating, won with a decent score of 56. He was running close by Fran Dempsey Sr, Vinny Kelly and Christy Farrell. The game was led out by Fran's son David McGrath and grandson Luke, who was playing his first game of golf as the youngest competitor on the course at 15-years-of-age. Fran's regular playing mate, Mick Dolan, who is 77, won the prize for closest to the hole on the 18th, giving all of the younger generation a run for their money. 

Following the competition, players, family and friends retired to the Lark Inn pub in Meath Street for a presentation, and refreshments and to sing the evening away in Liberties' tradition with music provided by Matt Dempsey.

The Cup was presented by Fran McGrath's wife Breda and the McGrath family.

In the words of the event organiser Tony Ferns, “participation in sport is very important no matter what your age - whether it be football, park runs, Pitch & Putt, walking, swimming or whatever as it gives people a focus and an interest.

“It's especially necessary in the city centre, where green space is very limited.

“Fran, who once had a trial with Aston Villa Football Club, influenced people to get up and have a game of Pitch and Putt every Sunday morning.”

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