Rumford meets fellow Aussies in Maynooth

Australian golfer Brett Rumford who was Irish Open Golfing Ambassador for Maynooth pictured with Morgan Dunne, Jack Crawley, Billy Morris, Michael and Eoin Richardson, Cian Maxwell, Julia Dunne, from Maynooth, during the 3-Towns Irish Open Festival activities in Maynooth last week.  Photo Tony Keane.
GOLFER Brett Rumford may be from Australia, but he had to turn up at Maynooth’s Carton Avenue to meet some of his fellow natives who live locally with Ronan Colfer.

GOLFER Brett Rumford may be from Australia, but he had to turn up at Maynooth’s Carton Avenue to meet some of his fellow natives who live locally with Ronan Colfer.

As Brett made his way up Carton Avenue on 21 June to demonstrate his swing, he stopped on the way to meet Sid the Burmese python – who eats a large rabbit every fortnight or a small pig every few months.

Then there was Ronan’s other friend, a frill dragon lizard, one of Brett’s fellow Australian natives.

Ronan (21), a distant relation of the writer, Eoin Colfer, is one of five humans who share a Maynooth house with a range of pets.

Along with Melanie Cronin, Ronan’s mini zoo was on display at Carton Avenue on 21 June.

“He (Brett) had never met these Australian creatures before. He had to come to Maynooth to do it,” said Ronan.

Later, Maynooth Business Association (MBA) launched their campaign to promote the town better.

At a brief tour of the university south campus, Bill Tinley, manager, Maynooth Campus, confessed they had not done a fantastic job in packaging the history and amenity that is Maynooth, but asked all to come on board and do that for the future.

Restaurateur, Robert Kennedy, and his namesake – no relation – Declan, of the Roost, leading the MBA, charge, were in full agreement.

- Henry Bauress