IT WAS the year John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States of America. Construction of the Berlin Wall commenced. Down retained the All Ireland senior football championship while Tipperary were crowned All Ireland senior hurling champions.
And The Tuesday Golfing Society was formed in The Curragh Golf Club.
1961. How time flies.
And on Tuesday of last week members of that society gathered for the launch of a very impressive jubilee booklet to mark the occasion.
Back in the early ‘60s in Newbridge and the surrounding area, Tuesday was regarded as a ‘closed shop’ day for many businesses, if not a full day certainly a half day and so from that a group of businessmen decided to form the Tuesday Golfing Society at The Curragh.
Founder members of the society include John Young, Aga Silvester-Carr, Tom O’Rourke, Sean Keegan, Hugh Peacocke and Gerry Kelly.
Phil Lawlor (professional) was the first captain of the Tuesday Society when the annual subscription to join was nil and the competition entry fee was 2s and 6d. Within two years a sub of £1 was introduced and the first away outing saw members heading for a game of golf to Carlow GC.
That was the first of many ‘away’ outings and in 1986 to mark the 25th anniversary the Tuesdays decamped to Royal Musselburgh in Scotland (excellent picture coverage of that visit appears in the booklet).
Other destinations for away trips followed and included outings to Wales and Portugal while at home outings covered the length and breadth of the country.
David O’Hora as the 2011 Tuesday Captain launched the booklet and in a very witty address to the gathering stressed that the jubilee publication was another fine example of the literary talent that exists both within the Society and the country as a whole!
David thanked the booklet’s compiler, Murt Moran, and all who helped to bring the publication to fruition.
David presented the first copy to the captain of The Curragh Golf Club, Paul Kennedy, who duly congratulated all concerned on a wonderful achievement.
All in all a lovely occasion and a beautifully produced booklet which has a drawing by cartoonist Martyn Turner (Irish Times fame) on the front cover.
As part of the jubilee celebrations the Society is holding a gala Golf Open and BBQ on the 30th August at The Curragh for all old members and friends.