First 100 Years

Centenary Display at first tee of Clontarf GCAs we embark on our second century as a Club, it is fitting to look back over our first 100 years. The summary below provides some interesting facts and no doubt many of our members will enjoy the trip down memory lane.

1912Club founded January 22nd 1912 at a meeting in Clontarf Town Hall, (present site of St Anthony's Church). May 13th - Club affiliated to GUI. Official Opening of Mount Temple 9 holes Course was on May 25th. Golf was not played on Sundays. The first years accounts showed a surplus of £50 on income over expenditure.
1913Inaugural Dinner held on January 20th at the Imperial Hotel to celebrate the Club's first year in existence.
1914Dr. J.L. Morrow elected as an Hon. Life Member in Feb. Tom Hood appointed Club's first pro. Large bottle of beer or stout in the bar cost threepence halfpenny.
1915On July 23rd, the Club held its first of seven entertainment parties for wounded war soldiers. Subscription income for the year amounted to £515 11s.
1916Food shortage alleviated by a train-load of supplies from Belfast to Clontarf Station where it was distributed to those in need.
1917At the AGM it was reported that the Club had contributed, through various schemes, a total of £200 to the war funds.
1918Indoor activities of the Club extended to incorporate chess and draughts.
1919It was decided that expenses, connected with the Barton Cup competition, should be borne by the Club.
1920Gerald Moore, the lowest handicapper in the Club at plus-two, resigned in protest, as he felt a handicap cut was too severe.
1921The Club won the Barton Cup for 1st time. Green fees were increased to 2s 6d for visitors playing weekdays and 3s 6d on Saturdays.
1922Dubliner Jack Quinn was appointed Club professional on wages of thirty shillings p.w. plus accommodation.
1923New 12 holes course opened on June 6th. Professional tournament held in 1923 to mark the Club's move to Donnycarney House.
1924New Bowling Green was officially opened on September 6th. Total cost was £905.
1925Clontarf Bowling Club was founded.
1926In May, the Club secured 31-year lease with Dublin Corporation.
1927Molly McLoughlin won Irish Women's Close Championship as a Kingstown G.C. (later Dun Laoghaire) player, three weeks after she was elected a member of Clontarf G.C. At February SGM approval was given for an 18 hole set-up. Recruitment of 100 new members was needed to finance project.
1928Official Opening of 18 holes by President Cosgrave on May 9th. On May 28th Walter Hagen played an exhibition match over the new 18-hole course. Hagen partnered Club professional Jack Quinn against Willie Holley and Willie Nolan who won on the 15th. View archive footage of this event provided by Pathe.
1929Roger Greene won the Captain's Prize at only sixteen years of age. A proposal, in August, to lay four tennis courts at a cost of £170 each was deferred until January and was eventually scrapped altogether.
1930A certain S. Murphy (member) protested strongly against a reduction in his handicap from 22 to 14. Snooker charge was 3 pence per frame for 4 players
1931D. Finn became 1st Captain to hold office for successive years.
1932At November SGM proposal carried by 51 votes to 47 votes to increase Annual Sub. from £4 4s to £5 5s.
1933Roger Greene won Lumsden Cup and earned International honours. He became and remains the only male Clontarf member to be capped by his country at senior level.
1934Mrs. Josephine Nolan was eventually expelled from the Club for obstructing a committee meeting on September 29th 1933 and for speaking and acting in a highly offensive and insulting manner.
1936Club overdraft reduced to £895.15.3 from £1590.4.8 in 1933.
1937B. J. Doyle served as Captain for 2nd successive year.
1938Leading Irish golf writer J.P. Rooney was elected an Honorary member.
1939Dr. Morrow resigns as President due to ill health after 27 years in office.
1940Exhibition match held on May 5th featuring Harry Bradshaw, Royal Dublin professional Paddy Mahon, opposite Gerry Owens, Skerries, and the great Jimmy Bruen. The Very Rev. Dr. John Love Morrow died on May 7th.
1941Joe O'Reilly was finally admitted as a member after a number of attempts. Members had suggested that the Committee took a rather snobbish attitude to his position as a bus conductor.
1942Actor, Brendan Cauldwell, was a member of the 5th Barton Cup winning squad.
1943Committee reported a very poor response to their decision to hold a raffle for golf balls, when there was a shortage of golf balls, during the war.
1945Vincent Herlihy won the Lumsden Cup beating none other than Joe Carr in the final. He was a member of the Barton Cup winning teams of 1945 and 1949.
1946Maureen Moran won the Duggan Cup for second successive year.
1947Club bought Corbett's land, its first major asset, on which the quarry holes were constructed. Molly McLoughlin, partnering her brother Jack, won the Irish Foursomes Championship.
1949Bank presses Club for a substantial reduction of its overdraft of £4311.12.9. The Committee considered selling the 12th green.
1950In April, the Artisans was founded at the instigation of the then Secretary/Manager Leo Dunphy and some greenkeepers. Jack Belton won the Lumsden Cup.
1951The Lord Mayor's Cup was inaugurated. Cup was presented by Jack Belton, the 1950 Lord Mayor of Dublin.
1952Clontarf hosted International Bowling Championship. Jack Belton played in a winning Barton Cup team for third time.
1953The loss of the Club's cash-box containing approx. £100 caused the Club a serious setback.
1954Fred Daly, British Champion in 1947, competed in an important professional event in Clontarf. Harry Bradshaw won the event.
1955Joe Craddock ( to be appointed Club Professional in 1968l) completed all four rounds in the British Open at St. Andrews G.C.
1956Work commenced on the North Dublin Drainage Scheme which involved major excavation of the 12th and 13th fairways.
1957In June, a pond was opened at the front of the (old) 15th green, at a cost of £45.
1958At March AGM the present Club crest was proposed and approved.
1959Ned Pierce won the Captain's Prize for second consecutive year.
1960Club member, J.V. Clancy Jnr. won the Lord Mayor's Cup.
1961Paddy Doyle (Clontarf G.C.) won the Lumsden Cup and the Lord Mayor's Cup double. Harry Bradshaw shot a '10' on the treacherous 12th hole while playing in the Irish Dunlop Tournament.
1962First sprinkler system installed for watering the greens.
1963Club closed for membership due to record levels achieved.
1964Denis Guiney, of Cleary's fame, completed his time in office as President after 13 years. Midweekers was founded.
1965New men's locker room was opened by Charles Haughey T.D.
1966Club member Elaine Bradshaw won the Irish Women's Close Championship for the 1st time. The culverting of the Hollybrook stream, running across the 12th and 14th fairways, was completed.
1967Carol Smyth, became an Irish Junior International and played again in 1968 along with fellow-fellow member Anne Clancy.
1968Elaine Bradshaw won the Irish Women's Close Championship for the 2nd time. Clontarf won the Barton Cup for record breaking 9th time. Jack Quinn, Club Professional 1922-1968, died December 9th, aged 73. Joe Craddock succeeded him.
1969Provincial Champions in the Irish Junior Cup.
1970New lounge extension opened. Officially opened March 17th 1971.
1971Elaine Bradshaw (Clontarf G.C.) won the Irish Women's Close Championship for 3rd time, played at Baltray. Her previous wins came in 1966 & 1968. She also represented a Britain & Ireland team for 1st time.
1972Gerry and Terry O'Brien shared the rare distinction of serving contemporaneous terms as Captain and Lady Captain. Pierce Purcell Shield team won provincial pennant.
1973Club won its first All-Ireland Green Pennant, the inaugural Irish Mixed Foursomes with a 4-1 victory over Connacht qualifiers, Carrick-on-Shannon.
1974D. C. MacAulay (Portmarnock) won the Lord Mayor's Cup for third time having previously won in both 1952 and 1953. Kevin Heffernan (Heffo) won the Captain's Prize after teeing off first at 6.30am by arrangement as he was managing the Dublin football team which was playing Offaly that day in the Leinster semi-final. They too also won and went on to defeat Galway in the All-Ireland final.
1975Club Professional, Joe Craddock appointed Captain of the PGA, Irish Region. Elaine Bradshaw played in her last international match.
1976Gerry O'Brien won the Lord Mayor's Cup in his 4th final appearance.
1977The 'garden' area at rear of the Bowling Green was converted into a practice area.
1978Jimmy McClean became the 5th Clontarf member to win the Lumsden Cup played at Clontarf over 54 holes strokeplay. He beat none other than Martin Sludds in a count-back with a better last 36 holes.
1979At Jan. 1979 AGM it was decided to pay the Annual sub. in two moieties. At an Oct. SGM the Ord. Member's sub was increased to £115 and £57 for Lady Members.
1980Elaine Bradshaw captured the Home International Championship as non-playing Irish Captain. Ladies' 3rd Team won Autumn Leaves Eastern District Shield.
1981Henry Kelly, T.V. personality and member, contributed a feature on handicaps, in the newly launched newsletter.
1982New ladies' locker room was completed by mid year. Paul Congdon played as Junior International. Junior Boys won the Smurfit Trophy.
1983Club won the Best Cup. Head greenkeeper at the time, James Craddock, won the Lord Mayor's Cup.
1984Pat Turvey was appointed Secretary of the ILGU. Former member, turned professional, John Murray, captured the Irish Assistants' Championship at L & B G.C.
1985Esteemed member and former Secretary, Sean Moran, passed away.
1986New Bowling Pavilion opened in April at a cost of £32,000. Betty McDonnell and Ann Loftus won the Lancome Ladies Foursome Tournament.
1987Gerard J. O'Brien became President of the G.U.I. and in so doing became the holder of the highest office in golf in this country. Club celebrated 75th Jubilee.
1988Paul Congdon won the Corn Uí Cheallaigh for 4th successive year and went on to win it again in 1991 and 1993.
1989After four SGM's, final approval was given to proceed with the major refurbishment of the clubhouse at a cost of £1m.
1990Ladies' 4th Team won the Autumn Leaves Eastern District Shield. Ireland's soccer team qualified for Italia '90.
1991Excess of Income over Expenditure for the year was reported at £120.00
1992Clubhouse was totally refurbished at a cost of £1.25m Our girls team won the Smurfit provincial pennant.
1993Club won the Irish Junior Foursomes provincial pennant. Club introduced clubhouse levy of £120 p.a. for 15 years to service £1m loan.
1994Won the Metropolitan Cup for 1st Time. Also won it in 2001 & 2002.
1995Provincial Champions in the Irish Junior Cup for 3rd time, having won in both 1969 and 1988.
1996Club member Seamus Smith was appointed General Secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland. Corporate Day raised £15,542 which was transferred to a Course Development Fund. Decision taken at AGM to let the Artisan section dwindle away.
1997Won the north county Uden Cup.
1998The 12th and 13th holes were redesigned by Tom Craddock. Cost of work including irrigation and fencing projects cost £225.7k. Arthur Cahill joined Club as General Manager.
1999Bar credit system through swipe card was introduced following May SGM.
2000Club member Kevin Heffernan (Heffo) named left corner-forward on the GAA's Football Team of the Millennium.
2001Alternate shortened course used from April to July following damage caused to five fairways from chemical application by an outside contractor. Following a decision at an SGM on September 5th, the way was cleared to facilitate the progression of Lady Members to Ordinary Membership. Mark Callan was appointed Pro. Joe Craddock, his predecessor died, aged 72, having retired in September 2000.
2002In August, Barry Fennelly (Clontarf G.C.) became the youngest ever winner of the Lord Mayor's Cup (14 years & 10 months). Remarkably, in doing so he defeated his elder brother Damien in the final by a margin of 3 & 2. Club won the J.B. Carr Trophy Leinster pennant.
2003Bunker Project completed at cost of €162k. Gate lodge vandalised and set alight forcing its demolition. Compulsory Golfers' Insurance introduced.
2004Irish Mixed Foursomes team won Leinster pennant. Fairways damage claim settled for €175,500. Kevin Heffernan was granted Freedom of the City of Dublin.
2005Eamonn Brady joined Club as asst. pro to Mark Callan and replaced Mark as Club pro in May 2007.
2006Irrigation system extended to tees at cost of €49k. Course toilet constructed.
2007At an SGM on Nov 30th in the Marino Institute, 538 members attended. Valid votes were 536 and members voted 488-48 to accept the Capel Developments Ltd. offer to relocate to the Portmarnock Links G.C. in a deal valued at €125m.
2008Club won its first male National pennant when it captured the Jimmy Bruen Shield. In July, Capel Dev. Ltd. advised they would not be progressing contract for their proposed land exchange. Rosemarie Freaney became first lady elected as a Trustee. Electronic Timesheets introduced.
2009A facility was introduced allowing members to pay their subscriptions by monthly instalments.
2010The Irish Mixed Foursomes team won Leinster pennant and our second Jimmy Bruen National pennant was also secured. At May SGM members approved development proposals.
2011This was development year. The new pro-shop and greenkeepers' compound were constructed and the locker rooms and public areas were refurbished. Total development cost was €1.3m. A ladies' team flew the flag and won the East Leinster Intermediate Cup and Pat Gilroy (Club member) managed the Dublin winning All-Ireland football team beating Kerry in the final.
2012On 22nd January (the date the Club was founded in 1912) Club President, Des Killen raised the Centenary Flag, while Seamus Smith (Captain) and Ena Gilroy (Lady Captain) unveiled the Centenary Stone. Club did very well on Inter-club front with the ladies retaining the Intermediate Cup and we also collected pennants in both the McDonnell Cup and O'Grady Cup Mixed F/somes.
2013DCC commenced work on the Clanmoyle Flood Alleviation Scheme. Won both the men's and ladies' Fingal Seniors' Trophies.
2014The three quarry holes (12-14) closed all year as the the flood relief scheme and course reinstatement overran. Installation of course new irrigation system. Club won the Metropolitan Cup beating Bray G.C. in the final.
2015Full eighteen holes back in play on Sat 25th April. In the Lord Mayor's Cup, Donal Heron records his second win and third final in three consecutive years. Club loses out to the Castle G.C. in the Barton Cup final but wins O'Grady Cup Mixed pennant for the second time. Club professional, Eamonn Brady won the Irish PGA Order of Merit.