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Inaugural Cross Border Challenge Golf Classic A Success!

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Sunday, 25 September 2022

The Tipperary golfers proved they could hit long and straight when they battled Kilkenny in the Inaugural Cross Border Challenge Golf Classic on Saturday, 24 September.

Teams from both sides of the border played on the neutral grounds of Rathdowney Golf Club in the 3-ball scramble, which also featured a ‘Drive Fada’ between the two counties with hurling managers Derek Lyng and Liam Cahill.

It’s a rare Saturday afternoon that you’ll see Liam and Derek on a golf course, but they were calm and composed and each defended their side.

For Kilkenny, Aidan Taggy Fogarty didn’t mess around on the tee box and swung the ball before Derek Lyng proved he could swing. They were no match, however, for Liam Cahill and Tipperary golfer John O’Brien who managed to drive their way to the win.

The event was a fundraiser for the Urlingford Town Team’s work to turn the town’s recently emptied Bank of Ireland into a remote working hub for the North Kilkenny town.

Event organiser, Urlingford Town Team member (and golfer) John Maher says the event featured some great golf and “the course was in immaculate condition, thanks to the team at Rathdowney”.

UTT chairperson Fiona Joyce says the event was a great indication of the community support for the project.

“To have a whopping 65 sponsors and all that support from participating teams is phenomenal. This allows us to now progress with the first of many of our planned projects.”

“We are thrilled with the response and excited to add this event to the golfing calendar each year,” she says.

Winners: 1st: (Score 58.3) Joe Costello, Martin Barnaville and John Maher. 2nd (Score 60.29): Mick Parlon, Barry Liffey, Joe Conroy. 3rd (Score 61.6): Shane Moriarty, Michael Tobin, David Kelly. Ladies (Score 61.3): Eileen Dowling, Elaine Dowling and Kate Kavanagh Photos by Christine Tobin (Urlingford Town Team PRO/Solas Media Solutions) Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Glanbia/ Tirlán, Turley, FBD, Kate Tobin, Shanoon Resources (Galmoy Mines), Top Oil, Lisheen Wind Farm (Orsted), Lean BPI John O Shannahan, Efone, Emerald Tiles John Maher, Gabha Studios, Killeen Civil Engineering, Fennor Hill Care Home, Maxol, Jim Campion, Dunnes Stores, Motor Factors, Denn Feeds, MW Hire, Ape Ceramica, H&MV Engineering, Michelle Doyle, JJ Kavanagh & Sons, Weston Facilities, THM Group, Market Cross, Hayes/Tamper, RealPower Ltd. A massive thank you to our tee box sponsors: Coffee to a tea, Ryan Marketing Solutions, Michael Kealy Painters, Ahern Fuels, Pierce Kavanagh Dundrum Nurseries, Councillor Michael McCarthy, Keystone Supplies, Esp tiles, Solas Media Solutions, Urlingford Arms Hotel, Abbey Marble and Granite, Bannons Bar & Lounge, Two mile Borris, Norton Accountants, Banjoman Films, JNC Fencing, David Doyle Solicitors, Fire Care Ltd, iplicit Ireland, Ossie Bennett, Redwing Engineering, Margaret & Michael Doyle, Proflo Ltd, Karuna Consultancy, Bsafe, Everard Fire, CPL Fuels Ireland, Lissan Coal, Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Ltd, Modus Energy, Rory Doyle Auctioneer, Carrigan O Dwyer Accountants, Belle Femme Lingerie, Kingspan, Michael Lyng Motors, AQS Solutions, Optima Training.

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