A night of nos­tal­gia and mem­o­ries at Old Conna

Bray People - - NEWS - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

It was a trip down mem­ory lane last week for the mem­bers of Old Conna Golf Club as it cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary.

Club mem­ber and chair­man of the 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions com­mit­tee Bren­dan Con­nolly said it had been a great night with mem­bers rel­ish­ing the chance to catch up with each other off the course.

‘It was a great night. We cel­e­brated not only 30 years of Old Conna Golf Club but also 40 years of its pre­de­ces­sor Dublin Sports. Old Conna came out of Dublin Sports and prior to that it was as­so­ci­ated with Pat Quinn.’

Bren­dan has com­piled a book de­tail­ing the his­tory of the club dat­ing back to its in­cep­tion which he pre­sented on the night to club pres­i­dent De­clan O’Neill. A num­ber of the Old Conna Golf Club found­ing mem­bers were present at the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in­clud­ing John Byrne, John Keat­ing, Con Gal­lagher, Ig­natius Camp­bell and Ken Gleeson.

Dur­ing the evening the guests en­joyed a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions in­clud­ing the his­tory of Dublin Sport and the pur­chase of the land at Old Conna, the fi­nanc­ing of the land, the his­tory of the land which dates back to the Riall and Roberts fam­i­lies in the 1850s. Bren­dan also gave a pre­sen­ta­tion de­tail­ing the club’s his­tory hav­ing read 40 years of min­utes from club meet­ings.

In 1986 Dublin Sports bought the land from de­vel­oper Owen McDer­mott and renowned golf course de­signer Ed­die Hack­ett de­signed the im­mac­u­late course.

‘It was a great night’, said Bren­dan. ‘We had a big his­tor­i­cal dis­play which ev­ery­one was re­ally in­ter­ested in.’

John Byrne, John Keat­ing, Con Gal­lagher, Ig­natius Camp­bell and Ken Gleeson, who were orig­i­nal mem­bers of the Dublin Sport Golf Club which evolved into Old Conna Golf Club.

Michael Neary, Bren­dan Con­nolly, Mary Watts and John Fa­gan from the His­tory and Ar­chive Com­mit­tee which com­piled a his­tory of the club.

Pres­i­dent De­clan O’Neill, Ladies’ Cap­tain Mary Jones and Cap­tain Pat Keogh.

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