Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE Ar­bore­tum Kilquade Cup golf out­ing was played in Del­gany Golf Club on Fri­day, May 25.

The an­nual golf out­ing, held at the club since the 1950s, raises funds for the parish of Kilquade, which in­cludes Del­gany, Kil­coole, New­cas­tle, New­town and Kilped­der as well as Kilquade.

Teams of four teed off from 9 a.m. to com­pete for the cup and four Tip­per­ary Crys­tal glass bowls.

Con­di­tions were per­fect – as was the golf course.

Af­ter a great day of golf in won­der­ful con­di­tions, the win­ners of the Ar­bore­tum Kilquade Cup were a team from Shanganagh Mar­ble and Stone Cen­tre made up by Pat O’Neill, Colin O’Neill, Derek McHugh and Barry Sch­weppe.

The gar­den cen­tre group has pro­vided main spon­sor­ship for the past three years. Al­most 30 other lo­cal and re­lated busi­nesses spon­sored in­di­vid­ual holes, 33 teams par­tic­i­pated and many lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and sup­pli­ers do­nated funds as well as golf and raf­fle prizes. Ad­di­tion­ally, a ded­i­cated team of raf­fle ticket sell­ers, led by Pauline Murtagh, en­sured the en­tire com­mu­nity was linked to this fundraiser.

Wel­com­ing the con­tin­u­ing sup­port of the lo­cal fam­ily-run busi­ness, parish pri­est Fr John Daly said that Ar­bore- tum’s sup­port for the parish fundraiser will ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity.

‘I want to thank the Ar­bore­tum own­ers, Rachel and Barry Doyle and fam­ily, for again help­ing to fund this year’s Kilquade Cup,’ he said. ‘ This im­por­tant fundraiser will contribute to parish development projects in the lo­cal churches.’

Fr Daly also thanked tee spon­sors, teams, Del­gany Golf Club and all those who pro­vided do­na­tions and prizes, and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. He also praised the ef­forts of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, headed by Sea­mus Fitzpa­trick.

Fr John Daly, PP Kilquade, win­ning team mem­bers Colin O’Neill, Pat O’Neill (cap­tain) and Derek McHugh with Barry Doyle from main spon­sor Ar­bore­tum Kilquade and Sea­mus Fitzpa­trick, chair­man of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, at the presentation of the Kilquade Cup af­ter the re­cent com­pe­ti­tion at Del­gany Golf Club.

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