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AGM-2021-Notice

Notice of Annual General Meeting of
The Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club

Dear Member,
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of The Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club, in accordance with the
requirements of the Club Constitution, should be held in the Clubhouse on Friday, 29th January, 2021 at 7.30pm.
However, because of the closure of the Clubhouse, in accordance with the Government’s Level 5 restrictions as a
result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it will not be possible to hold the Club’s Annual General Meeting until such time as
the restrictions are lifted and confirmation of the numbers allowed in the Clubhouse or elsewhere at any one time
can facilitate such a meeting is decided.
The Management Committee did investigate the possibility of holding the AGM by Zoom-Webinar on the 29th
January 2021 but, because of the high cost involved in providing the facility for the 661 eligible Members entitled to
attend the AGM and who may decide to login, plus the difficulties some Members might experience in trying to
login, it was decided not to proceed with an AGM by Zoom-Webinar.
Therefore, the Management Committee will continue to run the affairs of the Club to the best of its ability until such
time that it is possible to hold an Annual General Meeting at which the eligible Members can attend in person.
Please find below the Agenda for the Club’s Annual General Meeting and note the following:
At the Annual General Meeting held on Friday, 31st January 2020 the Members did not adopt the Financial Estimates
for the year ending 31st October 2020, and it was agreed by the Members in attendance that the Management
Committee should prepare a revised budget, as close to cash neutral as possible, for presentation at a future Special
General Meeting.
Subsequently, the Chairman wrote to Members on 25th April 2020 forwarding the following documents adopted by
the Management Committee, in the light of the deliberations at the AGM:
• Revised audited accounts for the year ended 31st of October 2019.
• A revised Other Information pack which included detailed variance analysis of our 2019 revised accounts.
• A new Budget and Forecasts pack including the revised budget for 2020, together with revised forecasts for
the two years 2021 and 2022, and
• 3-Year Rolling Plans for Course and Clubhouse included in the revised Budgets and revised Forecasts.
• A new Club Treasurer’s Report which included detailed commentary on the above documents.
The Management Committee was supported by a Finance Sub-Committee in preparing these documents to examine
the proposed Estimates for the year ending 31st October 2020. This has been achieved mainly by cutting back on
Capital Expenditure, and the resulting proposed Budget is as outlined in the Club Treasurer’s report (Item 9 on the
Agenda).
The audited Financial Statements, Financial Estimates for the year ending 31st October 2020, draft 3-year Financial
Plan for 2020 – 2022 and the Club Treasurer’s Report for the year ended 31st October 2020 (Items 9 and 10 on the
Agenda) have been emailed to Members under separate attachment and also posted on the Club’s website
(Members’ section).
Item 11 (To consider Notices of Motion and Special Resolutions):
Special Resolutions: (Constitutional)
The Management Committee has proposed Special Resolutions 1 and 2 as follows:
• Delete reference to GUI, ILGU and CGI and replace those references with Golf Ireland which is now the
governing body for Men’s and Ladies amateur golf in Ireland.
• Delete reference to CONGU and replace with WHS (World Handicap System).
• In relation to the terms of office for the President (two years), Vice-President (two years), Captains and viceCaptains of the Men’s, Ladies and Bowling Clubs (one year), add the words: “Or for a longer period in
extenuating circumstances and subject to approval by the Members at the immediately following Annual
General Meeting. The Management Committee shall determine when such extenuating circumstances exist
and shall immediately notify Members of any such decision and the expected duration of such.”
• See full details below on page headed Special Resolutions.
The amendments listed in Special Resolutions 1 and 2 will be made by the Management Committee until such time it
is possible to hold an AGM at which the Members can approve.
Special Resolution 3 will be put on hold until it is possible to hold an AGM at which the Members can decide to
accept or reject.
Motions (non-Constitutional):
The closing date for Motions (non-Constitutional) is Thursday, 21st January 2021.
If there are any such Motions proposed and duly seconded by the Members, they will be put on hold until such time
that we can hold an AGM at which the Members can decide to accept or reject.
Annual Subscriptions:
There is no Motion proposed by the Management Committee to increase the Annual Subscriptions at this time.
Item 12 (To elect Officer Bearers):
The Club Treasurer completes three years in office, and has decided not to go forward for election for a second term
of three years.
A notice for Nominations for the position of Club Treasurer was posted on the Concourse notice board, the Club’s
website and emailed to Members as required by the Club Constitution, noting that the current Club Treasurer has
decided not to seek a second three-year term in office.
Nominations for this position closed on Friday 8
th January 2021. One Nomination for the position was received
(Elizabeth Toomey) duly proposed and seconded, and she will become acting Club Treasurer until such time that we
can hold an AGM at which the Members can formally approve her election.
Item 13 (To elect Honorary Members)
The following are proposed (unchanged from last year’s AGM):
• The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland – The Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin
• The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough – The Most Reverend Michael Jackson
• Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Dublin – The Venerable David Pierpoint
• Professional Golfer, triple major winner and Ryder Cup Captain of the European Team for 2020 – Padraig
Harrington,
• Professional Golfer and Captain of the European Team that won the Ryder Cup in 2014 – Paul McGinley, and
Professional Golfers and major winners – Shane Lowry, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.
Item 14 (To appoint Auditors):
It is proposed to appoint FMB Chartered Accountants (unchanged).
Item 15 (Any Other Business):
Should Members have any suggestions or recommendations they wish the Management Committee to consider,
please write or email to the Club Secretary (clubsec@clontarfgolfclub.ie ) on or before Thursday, 21st January 2021.
If items are received the incoming Management Committee will deal with them if possible, otherwise they will be
put on hold until such time that we can hold an AGM at which the Members can consider.
The following items have also been posted on the Club website (Members’ section) in accordance with the
requirements of the Club Constitution:
• The draft minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.
• The reports on the activities of the Club since the last Annual General Meeting including the
Management Committee Report, Annual Course Report, Annual House & Social Report and Men’s,
Ladies’ and Bowling Club Reports.
Ian Maguire,
Chairman, Management Committee.
14
th January 2021.
Annual General Meeting of
The Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club
Friday, 29th January 2021
AGENDA
1. Introductory Remarks.
2. Reading of Notice convening the meeting.
3. Adoption of Standing Orders.
4. Items for AOB.
5. To consider and adopt the draft minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on
31st January 2020.
6. To receive the following Annual Reports – the Management Committee Report, the Course Report, the
House & Social Report, and the Reports of the Men’s Ladies’ and Bowling Clubs
7. To receive and adopt the draft 3-year Rolling Course Development Plan.
8. To receive and adopt the draft 3-year Rolling House Plan.
9. To receive and adopt the audited Financial Statements and the Club Treasurer’s Report for the year
ended 31st October 2020.
10. To receive and adopt the Financial Estimates for the year ending 31st October 2020 and the draft 3-
year Financial Plan for 2020 – 2022.
11. To consider Notices of Motion and Special Resolutions duly lodged with the Club Secretary and posted
on the Club Website and Notice Board.
12. To elect Office Bearers.
13. To elect Honorary Members.
14. To appoint Auditors.
15. Any Other Business.
THE CLONTARF GOLF AND BOWLING CLUB
Standing Orders for General Meetings
1. The Conduct of Business
1.1. The Chairman of each General Meeting shall conduct the business of the meeting in accordance with the
Constitution and these Standing Orders.
1.1.1. The ruling of the Chairman on procedure and all points of order shall be final.
1.1.2. All persons present shall accept his/her rulings and cease speaking at his/her request.
1.1.3. Any person present and entitled to speak may raise a point of Order.
1.1.4. The Chairman shall decide same before proceeding with the business.
1.1.5. If the Chairman rises to speak, all other Members shall be seated immediately.
1.1.6. The Chairman shall have the right to require any person who is causing a disturbance or is generally
disrupting the proceedings of any meeting, to leave and to adjourn the business of the meeting until the
person does so.
1.1.7. Each speaker shall stand when speaking and address his/her remarks to the Chairman.
1.1.8. When speaking to a Motion or Special Resolution, each speaker shall confine his/her remarks to the
Motion or Special Resolution under discussion. Otherwise the Chairman shall rule him/her out of order and
refuse to hear him/her further.
1.1.9. Each person entitled to be present and speak shall be allowed to speak once only on each Motion or
Special Resolution under discussion for 3 minutes, unless, under the direction of the Chairman in reply to a
specific question, when he/she shall confine his/her remarks in reply to that question.
1.1.10. The proposer of a Motion or Special Resolution shall be afforded an opportunity to speak for a maximum
of 10 minutes in favour of the Motion or Special Resolution.
1.1.11. The Chairman, at his/her discretion, may allow the proposer to speak for a longer period.
1.1.12. The proposer of a Motion or Special Resolution shall be allowed 3 minutes to reply to any points raised in
the course of the general discussion of the Motion or Special Resolution. Such reply shall be made
immediately after all other persons have spoken in accordance with this Order.
1.1.13. The Chairman, without further delay, shall then put the Motion or Special Resolution to the Meeting.
1.1.14. Notwithstanding what is stated above, the Chairman may, at his/her discretion, allow anOfficer of the Club
or other Member presenting a report to reply to any points raised in debate arising out of such report.
1.1.15. Unless otherwise provided for in the Club’s Constitution, all decisions shall be by simple majority of
those present.
1.1.16. In the case of an equality of voting on any question, whether on a show of hands or as a result of secret
ballot, the Chairman shall have a deliberative vote and a casting vote.
2. The Handling of Motions, Special Resolutions and Amendments
2.1. Motions, Special Resolutions and Amendments must be submitted in accordance with the provisions of these
Standing Orders.
2.1.1. A first Motion/ Special Resolution or Proposal shall be called ‘the original Motion/ Special Resolution’, and having been
duly proposed and seconded shall be discussed by the Meeting.
2.1.2. Any counter proposals shall be called ‘Amendments’ and shall be duly proposed and seconded and shall be
discussed together with the original Motion/ Special Resolution.
2.1.3. Any number of Amendments (except a direct negative) may be introduced to the original Motion/ Special Resolution
and the Chairman shall first put the last Amendment in point of time to the Meeting for a decision, and if then passed
the amended original Motion/ Special Resolution shall be put to the Meeting for confirmation in place of the original
Motion/ Special Resolution, and if passed shall become a duly passed Motion/ Special Resolutionof the Meeting, and
the original Motion/ Special Resolution and the other Amendmentsshall not be proceeded with.
2.1.4. If the last Amendment in point of time is rejected by the Meeting, the second last Amendment shall then be put to the
Meeting and disposed of in the same manner as the last Amendment. If that Amendment is rejected by the meeting,
the remaining Amendments shall be dealt with in reverse order in a similar manner until either an Amendment to the
original Motion/ Special Resolution is accepted or all of the Amendments in question have been rejected. If all
Amendments are rejected the original Motion/ Special Resolution shall then be put to the Meeting, and if accepted, shall
become a duly passed Motion/ Special Resolution.
2.1.5. No further discussion on any Motion/ Special Resolution shall be allowed after the Meeting has given its decision on
that Motion/ Special Resolution.
2.1.6. A mover of an Amendment to a Motion/ Special Resolution shall not have a right of reply. A Member may only
propose one Amendment.
2.1.7. The Chairman shall not accept an Amendment to a Motion/ Special Resolutionto alter the Rules of these Orders unless
the Amendment is of a minor nature that does not conflict with the sense and meaning of the Motion/ Special
Resolution.
2.1.8. No Motion/ Special Resolution or Amendment, which has been accepted by the Chairman, shall be withdrawn
without the consent of the majority of those present at the Meeting and entitled to vote.
3 – Year Course Rolling Plan
As required by Rule 27.3 of the Club Constitution
The following scope of works is proposed for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023 taking into account our
machinery replacement plan, STRI and Management Committee recommendations, and subject to the
availability of funds:
2021
• Machine upgrade, purchase of new sod cutter.
• Essential tree removal/pruning programme to improve air circulation and sunlight to shaded areas on
the right of 13th and 16th
.
• Continue with greens programme of over seeding with finer bent grasses.
• Upgrade to Irrigation System.
2022
• Machine upgrade to include gator and excavator.
• Continue with greens programme of over seeding with bent grasses and trial removal of weaker
grasses.
• Tree Removal work on holes 16, 17 and 18.
• Upgrade to fencing and artificial pathways.
• Small upgrade to Irrigation system, to improve cover to dry areas.
2023
• Machine upgrade to include greens mower, trilo vacuum (leaf collection equipment), and sprayer.
• Small upgrade to Irrigation system.
• Upgrade to footpaths and walkways.
• Remaining tree removal work.
• Continue with greens programme of over seeding bent grasses.
Jason McLoughlin, Course Officer.
3 – Year House Rolling Plan
As required by Rule 27.3 of the Club Constitution
The following scope of works is proposed for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023 taking into account our
equipment replacement plan and Management Committee recommendations, and subject to the availability
of funds:
2021
• Kitchen painting.
• Pro shop repair to remove damaged panels and repair due to rot.
• Pro shop painting.
• Investigation of leak to concourse roof.
• Kitchen freezer and chill unit.
• Entrance/security gates.
2022
• Bar upgrade (West Wing area).
• Refurbishment of lounge furniture.
• Refurbishment of upper, lower concourse and snooker room.
• Clubhouse painting.
• Car park work.
• Meeting room upgrade.
• Kitchen general equipment.
• Bar works.
• Phone system upgrade.
2023
• Clubhouse painting.
• Carpets lounge and bar.
• Bar upgrade.
• Kitchen equipment upgrade.
John Delaney, House & Social Officer.
SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS
Special Resolution 1: (2/3 majority required)
Proposed by Management Committee
Club Constitution:
Rule 2 (Definitions)
Delete the following:
CGI – the Confederation of Golf in Ireland
GUI – the Golfing Union of Ireland
ILGU – the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union
CONGU – the Council of Golf Unions
Add the following:
Golf Ireland – the Governing body for Men’s and Ladies’ amateur golf in Ireland.
WHS – the World Handicap System
Special Resolution 2: (2/3 majority required)
Proposed by Management Committee
That the following Rules in the Club Constitution be amended as follows:
Current wording Proposed wording
Rule 9.2:
The Club shall adopt a Code of Ethics relating to
Junior Members consistent with the law on child
protection and any guidelines issued in this regard
by Sport Ireland and the Confederation of Golf in
Ireland (CGI).
In working with young people in golf and bowls, the
first priority of the Club shall be the welfare of the
young people and the Club is committed to
providing an environment that will allow
participants to perform to the best of their ability,
free from bullying, intimidation and any other forms
of abuse or inappropriate behaviour.
Rule 9.2:
The Club shall adopt a Code of Ethics relating to
Junior Members consistent with the law on child
protection and any guidelines issued in this regard
by Sport Ireland, Golf Ireland, Bowling League of
Ireland/ Ladies Bowling League of Ireland.
In working with young people in golf and bowls, the
first priority of the Club shall be the welfare of the
young people and the Club is committed to
providing an environment that will allow participants
to perform to the best of their ability, free from
bullying, intimidation and any other forms of abuse
or inappropriate behaviour.
Rule 12.1.2:
The President shall be invested for a period of 2
years in accordance with the procedures outlined in
Rule 29 and shall hold Office until he/she:
Rule 12.1.2:
The President shall be invested for a period of 2
years, or for a longer period in extenuating
circumstances and subject to approval by the
Members at the immediately following Annual
General Meeting. The Management Committee
shall determine when such extenuating
circumstances exist and shall immediately notify
Members of any such decision and the expected
duration of such, in accordance with the procedures
outlined in Rule 29 and shall hold Office until he/she:
Current wording Proposed wording
Rule 12.2.2:
The Vice-President shall be elected for 2 years in
accordance with the procedures outlined in Rule 29
and shall hold that position on the same conditions
as apply to the President under Rule 12.1.2.
Rule 12.2.2:
The Vice-President shall be elected for 2 years, or for
a longer period in extenuating circumstances and
subject to approval by the Members at the
immediately following Annual General Meeting.
The Management Committee shall determine when
such extenuating circumstances exist and shall
immediately notify Members of any such decision
and the expected duration of such,
in accordance with the procedures outlined in Rule
29 and shall hold that position on the same
conditions as apply to the President under Rule
12.1.2.
Rule 14.4:
The Captain, Lady Captain and Bowling Captain shall
be members of the Management Committee from
the close of the Annual General Meeting of the
Men’s, Ladies’ or Bowling Club until the next Annual
General Meeting of the Men’s, Ladies’ or Bowling
Club, as the case may be.
Rule 14.4:
The Captain, Lady Captain and Bowling Captain shall
be members of the Management Committee from
the close of the Annual General Meeting of the
Men’s, Ladies’ or Bowling Club until the next Annual
General Meeting of the Men’s, Ladies’ or Bowling
Club, as the case may be, or for a longer period in
extenuating circumstances and subject to approval
by the Members at the immediately following
Annual General Meeting. The Management
Committee shall determine when such extenuating
circumstances exist and shall immediately notify
Members of any such decision and the expected
duration of such.
Rule 19.1.4:
The Club Treasurer shall arrange for payment to the
GUI, ILGU, BLI, LBLI, IBA and IWBA of the annual per
capita subscription and provincial levy on Members
as required by the Bye-Laws of those Unions and
Associations and as collected from the Members.
Rule 19.1.4:
The Club Treasurer shall arrange for payment to Golf
Ireland, BLI, LBLI, IBA and IWBA of the annual per
capita subscription and provincial levy on Members
as required by the Bye-Laws of those Unions and
Associations and as collected from the Members.
Rule 29.5:
President: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Vice-President,
having served his/her 2-year tenure, shall, be
invested as President at the following Annual
General Meeting of the Club for a term of 2 years.
Rule 29.5:
President: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Vice-President,
having served his/her 2-year tenure, shall be
invested as President at the following Annual
General Meeting of the Club for a term of 2 years, or
for a longer period in extenuating circumstances
and subject to approval by the Members at the
immediately following Annual General Meeting.
The Management Committee shall determine when
such extenuating circumstances exist and shall
immediately notify Members of any such decision
and the expected duration of such.

Current wording Proposed wording
Rule 29.6:
Vice-President: The Vice-President shall be elected,
as required, at an Annual General Meeting of the
Club. He/she shall, subject to Rules 29.2 and 29.4,
hold that position for two years and shall then
succeed the outgoing President for a period of two
years as President.
Rule 29.6:
Vice-President: The Vice-President shall be elected,
as required, at an Annual General Meeting of the
Club. He/she shall, subject to Rules 29.2 and 29.4,
hold that position for two years, or for a longer
period in extenuating circumstances and subject to
approval by the Members at the immediately
following Annual General Meeting. The
Management Committee shall determine when
such extenuating circumstances exist and shall
immediately notify Members of any such decision
and the expected duration of such, and shall then
succeed the outgoing President for a period of two
years as President.
Rule 29.10:
Captain: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Vice-Captain,
having served his one-year tenure, shall be invested
as Captain at the following Annual General Meeting
of the Men’s Club for a term of one year.
Rule 29.10:
Captain: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Vice-Captain,
having served his one-year tenure, or for a longer
period in extenuating circumstances and subject to
approval by the Members at the immediately
following Annual General Meeting. The
Management Committee shall determine when
such extenuating circumstances exist and shall
immediately notify Members of any such decision
and the expected duration of such, shall be invested
as Captain at the following Annual General Meeting
of the Men’s Club for a term of one year.
Rule 29.11:
Vice-Captain: The Vice-Captain shall be elected at
the Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club in
accordance with the procedures laid down in the
Rules and Regulations of the Men’s Club. He shall,
subject to Rules 29.2 and 29.4, serve one year in
that position and shall succeed the Captain at the
following Annual General Meeting of the Men’s
Club.
Rule 29.11:
Vice-Captain: The Vice-Captain shall be elected at
the Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club in
accordance with the procedures laid down in the
Rules and Regulations of the Men’s Club. He shall,
subject to Rules 29.2 and 29.4, serve one year in that
position, or for a longer period in extenuating
circumstances and subject to approval by the
Members at the immediately following Annual
General Meeting. The Management Committee
shall determine when such extenuating
circumstances exist and shall immediately notify
Members of any such decision and the expected
duration of such, and shall succeed the Captain at
the following Annual General Meeting of the Men’s
Club.
Rule 29.15:
Lady Captain: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Lady ViceCaptain, having served her one- year tenure, shall
be invested as Lady Captain at the following Annual
General Meeting of the Ladies’ Club for a term of
one year.
Rule 29.15:
Lady Captain: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Lady ViceCaptain, having served her one- year tenure, or for a
longer period in extenuating circumstances and
subject to approval by the Members at the
immediately following Annual General Meeting.
The Management Committee shall determine when
such extenuating circumstances exist and shall
immediately notify Members of any such decision
and the expected duration of such, shall be
invested as Lady Captain at the following Annual
General Meeting of the Ladies’ Club for a term of
one year.
Current wording Proposed wording
Rule 29.16:
Lady Vice-Captain: The Lady Vice-Captain shall be
elected at the Annual General Meeting of the
Ladies’ Club in accordance with the procedures laid
down in the Rules and Regulations of the Ladies’
Club. She shall, subject to Rules 29.2 and 29.4, serve
one year in that position and shall succeed the Lady
Captain at the following Annual General Meeting of
the Ladies’ Club.
Rule 29.16:
Lady Vice-Captain: The Lady Vice-Captain shall be
elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Ladies’
Club in accordance with the procedures laid down in
the Rules and Regulations of the Ladies’ Club. She
shall, subject to Rules 29.2 and 29.4, serve one year
in that position, or for a longer period in
extenuating circumstances and subject to approval
by the Members at the immediately following
Annual General Meeting. The Management
Committee shall determine when such extenuating
circumstances exist and shall immediately notify
Members of any such decision and the expected
duration of such, and shall succeed the Lady Captain
at the following Annual General Meeting of the
Ladies’ Club.
Rule 29.20:
Bowling Captain: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Bowling
Vice-Captain, having served his/her one-year
tenure, shall be invested as Bowling Captain at the
following Annual General Meeting of the Bowling
Club for a term of one year.
Rule 29.20:
Bowling Captain: Subject to Rule 29.4, the Bowling
Vice-Captain, having served his/her one-year tenure,
or for a longer period in extenuating circumstances
and subject to approval by the Members at the
immediately following Annual General Meeting.
The Management Committee shall determine when
such extenuating circumstances exist and shall
immediately notify Members of any such decision
and the expected duration of such, shall be invested
as Bowling Captain at the following Annual General
Meeting of the Bowling Club for a term of one year.
Rule 29.21:
Bowling Vice-Captain: The Bowling Vice-Captain
shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of
the Bowling Club in accordance with the procedures
laid down in the Rules and Regulations of the
Bowling Club. He/she shall, subject to Rules 29.2
and 29.4, serve one year in that position and shall
succeed the Bowling Captain at the following Annual
General Meeting of the Bowling Club.
Rule 29.21:
Bowling Vice-Captain: The Bowling Vice-Captain shall
be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the
Bowling Club in accordance with the procedures laid
down in the Rules and Regulations of the Bowling
Club. He/she shall, subject to Rules 29.2 and 29.4,
serve one year in that position, or for a longer
period in extenuating circumstances and subject to
approval by the Members at the immediately
following Annual General Meeting. The
Management Committee shall determine when
such extenuating circumstances exist and shall
immediately notify Members of any such decision
and the expected duration of such, and shall
succeed the Bowling Captain at the following Annual
General Meeting of the Bowling Club.
Current wording Proposed wording
Rule 35.21.3:
During the period of leave of absence, a Golfing
Member whose handicap is maintained by the Club:
(i) shall have his/her playing handicap
suspended until such time as he/she resumes
his/her role as a playing member of the Club,
subject to the conditions of the CONGU Unified
Handicapping System.
(ii) shall not be required to pay a Golfing Union
subscription for the period of his/her leave of
absence.
(iii) shall not be eligible to represent the Club in
inter-club competitions or compete in open, semiopen or invitation competitions in the Club or in
other Clubs.
Rule 35.21.3:
During the period of leave of absence, a Golfing
Member whose handicap is maintained by the Club:
(i) shall have his/her playing handicap
suspended until such time as he/she resumes
his/her role as a playing member of the Club, subject
to the conditions of World Handicap System (WHS).
(ii) shall not be required to pay a Golf Ireland
subscription for the period of his/her leave of
absence.
(iii) shall not be eligible to represent the Club in
inter-club competitions or compete in open, semiopen or invitation competitions in the Club or in
other Clubs.
Current wording Proposed wording
Rule 45.1:
The Men’s Club shall be affiliated to the GUI, the
Ladies’ Club to the ILGU, the Bowling Club to the BLI,
LBLI, IBA and IWBA. All Members shall pay to the
Club in addition to their annual subscriptions, such
taxes, levies and fees as are payable in respect of
such affiliations. Non-voting elected Honorary
Members shall be exempt from payment of such
affiliation taxes, levies or fees.
Rule 45.1:
The Men’s and Ladies’ Clubs shall be affiliated to
Golf Ireland, the Bowling Club to the BLI, LBLI, IBA
and IWBA. All Members shall pay to the Club in
addition to their annual subscriptions, such taxes,
levies and fees as are payable in respect of such
affiliations. Non-voting elected Honorary Members
shall be exempt from payment of such affiliation
taxes, levies or fees.
Rule 49.3:
The Management Committee may amend or revoke
any part of the Club Constitution for the purpose of
complying with the provisions of the Registration of
Clubs (Ireland) Acts, Licensing Acts and Intoxicating
Liquor Acts for the time being in force, or for the
purpose of complying with the Club’s obligations to
the GUI, Leinster Branch of the GUI, ILGU, Eastern
District of the ILGU, or in the case of the Bowling
Club of the WBB, BLI, LBLI, IBA or IWBA.
Rule 49.3:
The Management Committee may amend or revoke
any part of the Club Constitution for the purpose of
complying with the provisions of the Registration of
Clubs (Ireland) Acts, Licensing Acts and Intoxicating
Liquor Acts for the time being in force, or for the
purpose of complying with the Club’s obligations to
Golf Ireland, or in the case of the Bowling Club of
the WBB, BLI, LBLI, IBA or IWBA.
Special Resolution 3: (2/3 majority required)
Proposed by: Richard Bunworth Seconded by: Rossa Bunworth
Amend Rule 33.2.1.5 to read:
Mature Intermediate Student Member.
Re-number current Rules 33.2.1.5 and 33.2.1.6 to read 33.2.1.6 and 33.2.1.7
Insert new Rule 35.22 to read:
35.22 Mature Student Intermediate Members
35.22.1 Mature Student Intermediate Membership shall be open to any current Ordinary or
Five-Day Member who is in full time education or is re-entering full-time education and
is over the age of 29 and therefore ineligible for Intermediate Membership. It does not
restrict the rights of Intermediate Student Membership (currently applicable up until
the age of 29) by age, and therefore can be considered a fair position for all of those
Members pursuing education and not discriminatory by age.
35.22.2 In addition to the entitlements specified in Rule 35.4, Mature Student Intermediate
Members shall also be entitled to:
35.22.2.1 membership of the Men’s Club or the Ladies’ Club as the case may be.
35.22.2.2 Golfing/Bowling Membership of the Bowling Club on payment of the
relevant additional annual subscription.
35.22.2.3 enjoy the same rights and privileges on the Golf Course and in the
Clubhouse as Ordinary or Five-Day Members.
35.22.2.4 avail, subject to such controls as may be in force, of the facilities, rights
and privileges which the Club has to offer, excluding the use of the
Bowling Green unless they are also Golfing/Bowling Members.
35.22.2.5 compete in such competitions as may be specified by the Men’s or
Ladies’ Committee, as appropriate, but may be declared ineligible to win
certain prizes in major competitions.
35.22.2.6 receive notice of General Meetings of the Club, for information purposes
only, and notice of General Meetings of the Men’s or Ladies’ Club, as the
case may be, in accordance with the procedures outlined in Rules 31.2
and 31.3.
35.22.2.7 attend and vote at General Meetings of the Men’s or Ladies’ Club, as the
case may be.
35.22.2.8 nominate any eligible person for election to the Men’s or Ladies’
Committee or be themselves nominated to be elected as a member but
not as Captain, Lady Captain, Vice-Captain or Lady Vice-Captain of the
Men’s or Ladies’ Committees, as the case may be.
35.22.3 Mature Student Intermediate Members shall not be entitled to:
35.22.3.1 attend or vote at General Meetings of the Club or receive notice of or
attend or vote at General Meetings of the Bowling Club (unless in the
latter case they are also Golfing/Bowling Members).
35.22.3.2 nominate any person for election to the Management Committee or to
the Bowling Committee (unless in the latter case they are also
Golfing/Bowling Members).
35.22.3.3 be a member of the Management Committee.
Insert new Rule 40.2.32 to read:
The annual subscription for Mature Student Intermediate Members shall be 25% of that determined for
Ordinary or Five-Day Members. Such subscription shall continue to be applied to them until 31st October of
the year in which they are no longer in full-time education.”
Rationale:
The purpose of the proposal would be to cater for any Member aged over 29 who re-enters full-time
education and is unable to afford the full subscription fees, but who will duly return to Ordinary or Five-Day
Membership upon completion of studies. The category of Membership would strictly be available to those
in full-time education to reflect the impact on income during the period.
MOTIONS
• Closing date for other Motions (non Constitutional) is Thursday, 21st January 2021, and any Motions
received will be posted on the Notice Board in the Concourse and on the Club’s website (Members’
section)
Management Committee Nomination
The following valid Nomination for Management Committee has been received by the due
date and time:
Position Nominee Proposed by Seconded by
Club Treasurer Elizabeth Toomey Anne Gardner Ray Bergin
Non-gender position
The Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club
Draft Minutes of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in
the Clubhouse on Friday, 31st January 2020 at 7.30pm
The President, Tommy Cooke, acting as Chairman as per clause 25.12 of the Club Constitution.
Attendance: 91 as per the signed record.

1. Introductory Remarks:
The Chairman opened the AGM of the Club and advised the Meeting of some housekeeping matters. He also
informed those present that the Meeting was only open to Ordinary Members of the Club.
All in attendance then stood for one minute’s silence in memory of deceased Members.
2. Notice Convening the Meeting:
In accordance with the Club Constitution adopted on the 5th May 2017, and amended on 25th January 2019,
where the Notice convening this Meeting was issued to Members by email, text messages sent to Members
who had not provided email addresses, displayed on the Notice Board and Club website, the Chairman sought
and was granted approval, by a show of hands, to take the Notice Convening the Meeting as read.
3. Adoption of Standing Orders:
The recommended Standing Orders under Rule 26.1, which had been circulated with the Notice convening the
meeting were, with the approval of the Meeting, taken as read. On the proposal of A. L Mulhall, seconded by
P. Mulvey, these Standing Orders were adopted by the Meeting.
4. Items for Any Other Business:
Those present were invited to put forward any items they wished to raise under Any Other Business. The
following items were noted Any Other Business.
• Taimse O’Leary – Approach to 3rd green and coffee machine
• Michael Tyndall – Club Governance and Captain’s Dinner
• Jason McLoughlin (Course Officer) – Hedge on 18th hole
• Michael Murphy – Communications and Catering
5. Draft Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 25th January 2019:
The Chairman sought and was granted approval for the draft minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on
25th January 2019 to be taken as read. As there were no comments or amendments in relation to these draft
minutes, they were put to the Meeting for adoption on the proposal of M. Tyndall, seconded by A.M. Dufficy,
and formally approved. They were then signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.
6. Annual Reports of Committees:
The Chairman advised the Meeting that there were six reports namely, the Management Committee Report
2019, the Course Report 2019, the House & Social Report 2019, the Men’s Club Report 2019, the Ladies’
Club Report 2019 and the Bowling Club Report 2019. These six reports, having been previously displayed on
the Club’s website and made available for collection by Members, were, with the approval of the Meeting,
taken as read. The Chairman advised the Meeting that the reports were presented for information purposes and
that they were not required to be adopted by the Meeting.
However, he invited the Chairman of Management Committee, Ian Maguire, to speak in relation to the
Management Committee Report.
The Chairman of Management Committee outlined the main points in the report as follows:
• Membership numbers held up well in 2019 and we were fortunate to recruit more than enough
replacement new Members to finish the year ahead of 2018.
• Thanks to Course Officer Jason, General Manager Pat, Course Committee, Darragh and his course staff
for the work they have done in protecting the Course; in keeping to the STRI maintenance and
development programme and in keeping disease at bay while mentioning that we are already facing
challenges with the banning of certain fertilisers and herbicides.
• Thanks to Ray Maguire and his course volunteers, and that includes our President Tommy, for the
wonderful work that they did last year and which will continue for 2020.
• House upgrades included new carpets in the Concourse and in the Locker-Rooms, a new TV in the back
Bar, a new projector and screen in the West Wing and the refurbishment of most of the main Lounge
seating furniture.
• Thanks to Dave Dalton who steps down as House and Social Officer after six years in the role, and to
Peggy Vather and Jean Farrelly who are stepping down from the Social Committee after five years
each.
• Our extensive Member survey undertaken in 2020 was very positive and gives us a very good
benchmark against which to measure the results of future Member surveys. Our thanks to all those
who participated in the survey.
• I should also add that Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club recognises its obligations relating to inclusion and
diversity in all its dealings with Members, Employees and Visitors and we may from time to time
propose some amendments to the Club Constitution to give effect to these obligations.
• The service that we, and our friends and guests, receive here is of a high standard and that is reflected
in the recent winning of the Lux Distinction “Golf Club of the Year” award for Superior Customer
Service and the 2020 Golfers Guide of Ireland “Golf Restaurant and Quality Service Award”.
• Thanks and best wishes to Tony O’Donnell who will be finishing up at our Club on 14th February, after
26 years’ Catering service to Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club. We have been working to recruit a new
franchise Caterer for our Club.
• We received a large number of responses to our advertisement and we hope to make an appointment
in the near future.
• Thanks to the many Sponsors here at our Club for their generosity and support.
The Chairman finished his summary by thanking all the members of the Management Committee for their hard
work and dedication, President Tommy, Vice President Andy and Trustees Éamonn, Gilbert and Siobhan for
their contributions and advice, members of the Men’s Club, Ladies’ Club and Bowling Club Committees, and
the various sub-committees for all they have done for the Club.
There were no questions or comments on the Annual Reports.
The Chairman of the Meeting thanked Ian Maguire for his Report, Dave Dalton for completing his term of
office and the 2019 Captains (Ray Bergin, Anna Tyndall, Derek Kirwan) for preparing the various reports and
for the tremendous amount of work they all put in during the past year on behalf of the Club.
7. (9 on Agenda) The audited Financial Statements and the Treasurer’s Report for the year ended 31st
October 2019.
As these had been previously displayed on the Club’s website and made available for collection by Members,
approval was obtained from the Meeting to take them as read as permitted by Rule 27.7.7.
The Club Treasurer, M.F. Murphy, then made a brief presentation on the audited Financial Statements for the
year ended 31st October 2019 and drew the attention of the Meeting to the salient features in them. In
particular, he highlighted the following:
• Subscription income grew from €1,096k to €1,158k in 2020 and total income grew only from
€1,245k to €1,318K.
• Operating expenditure was under control and, while up on last year, there was some exceptional
expenditure during the year.
• The balance sheet remains strong with monies invested in long term deposits as before.
• If the Club continues to increase revenue and control costs in the future, it will remain in good
financial health.
• Challenges for the next three years include growing recurring income, less operational
expenditure to in excess of €100k pa., review subscriptions during the year and achieve necessary
Capex funding levels, maintain control of overheads and grow income to allow ongoing capital
expenditure.
A.L. Mulhall asked if the contribution by the Caterer should be looked at going forward. I. Maguire
commented that the Caterer, in addition to the fee, also pays a contribution to overheads and after surveying
other clubs, we are getting good value when other clubs are finding it difficult to retain Caterers.
M. Tyndall said that he was very pleased that the Club is striving for high standards in all that it does but
that regrettably the Financial Statements document fell short of a high standard. He said that the
Management Committee is responsible for the Financial Statements which, unfortunately, contain
numerous spelling and typographical errors. Furthermore, the Financial Statements were not approved
within the timeframe set out in the Constitution. He commented that the layout was poor in places and
that there were errors in some of the notes and various mistakes and differences in the presentation of
some of the figures. He emphasised that he was not suggesting that there was anything wrong with the
financial numbers and that he was not questioning the financial position as set out in the Financial
Statements. It was just that, in his opinion, the presentation was not up to standard. He suggested that, if
the Management Committee feels that it does not have the necessary wherewithal to improve the
document, it should consider appointing a Finance sub-committee this year to assist it.
M. Tyndall went on to say that he didn’t think that the Members were fully aware of the financial
situation. The Club’s cash balance had reduced by €134k in the last two years and the estimates for 2020
to 2022 will result in a further decline of around €250k unless radical remedial action is taken.
There were no further comments in relation to the audited Financial Statements or the Treasurer’s Report for
the year ended 31st October 2019. Accordingly, on the proposal by Martin Kelly, seconded by David Byrne,
they were put to the Meeting and adopted.
8. (7 on Agenda) To receive and adopt the draft 3-year Rolling Course Development Plan.
M. Tyndall commented that we should not adopt the 3-year rolling plans as we cannot afford them.
9. (8 on Agenda) To receive and adopt the draft 3-year Rolling House Plan.
A.L. Mulhall commented that we should look at the cost going forward into the 3-year plans.
10. To receive and adopt the Financial Estimates for the year ending 31st October 2020 and the draft 3-
year Financial Plan for 2020 – 2022
M. Kelly commented that, while the costs look to be under control, we need to look at the challenges of
Income and the proposed subscription increase of €40, and that this should increase significantly over the next
few years. We need to continue to attract new Members and work to maintain overheads and move to
significantly increase subscriptions.
M. Tyndall questioned the estimates and stated that it is not acceptable to continue with the erosion of our cash
reserves and we should cut back on our tree programme, and course and house capex expenditure, and produce
a budget that is close to cash neutral for 2020.
J. McGuinness commented that we need to look outside the Club for business, set up a marketing committee
and market our Club and clubhouse. We need to look to generate income from outside the Club.
D. Gilroy asked what is the next step; that the Management Committee call a Special General Meeting to agree
the budget and future estimates.
M. Tyndall asked the Management Committee to return to a Special General Meeting with a cash neutral
budget.
P. Fagan commented that we need to continue with our plant replacement going forward and if
replacements/work is needed, it will only be deferred and not cancelled.
When put to the meeting on the proposal of P. Bergin, seconded by R. Gaine, Items 8, 9 and 10 on the
Agenda were not approved.
It was then agreed on a show of hands that the Management Committee should prepare a revised budget,
as close to cash neutral as possible, for presentation to a future Special General Meeting.
J. McMahon asked the Management Committee to take away the feeling of the meeting when reviewing the
budgets.
The Chairman of Management Committee indicated that it may not be possible to achieve a cash neutral
budget in one year and agreed to issue a revised budget for a Special General Meeting.
11. To consider Notices of Motion and Special Resolutions duly lodged with the Club Secretary and
posted on the Club Website and Notice Board.
Special Resolution 1: (2/3 majority required)
Proposed by: Fergus Murphy Seconded by: Ian Maguire
That the following amendments be made to Rules 40.2.5, 40.2.7, 40.2.10 and 40.2.11 in the Club Constitution
(Annual Subscriptions and Levies):
Current wording Proposed wording
40.2.5
The annual subscription for Five-Day Members shall
be 68% of that determined for Ordinary Members.
40.2.5
The annual subscription for Five-Day Members shall be 70%
of that determined for Ordinary Members.
40.2.7
The annual subscription for Retired Five-Day
Members to whom Rule 35.7.3.1 applies shall be
48% of that determined for Ordinary Members.
40.2.7
The annual subscription for Retired Five-Day
Members to whom Rule 35.7.3.1 applies shall be
52.5% of that determined for Ordinary Members.
40.2.10
The annual subscription for Lady Members shall be
58% of that determined for Ordinary Members.
40.2.10
The annual subscription for Lady Members shall be 60% of
that determined for Ordinary Members.
40.2.11
The annual subscription for Retired Lady Members
to whom Rule 35.8.3.1 applies shall be 42% of that
determined for Ordinary Members.
40.2.11
The annual subscription for Retired Lady Members to whom
Rule 35.8.3.1 applies shall be 45% of that determined for
Ordinary Members.
The Special Resolution was carried by a show of hands.
Special Resolution 2: (2/3 majority required)
Proposed by: Ian Maguire Seconded by: Seamus Smith
That the following amendment be made to Rule 40.4 in the Club Constitution
Current wording Proposed wording
Rule 40.4:
Life Honorary Members who do not play golf or
bowls and Elected Honorary Members referred to in
Rule 35.20 shall be exempt from payment of the
annual subscriptions, levies and charges for bar
and/or catering credit.
Rule 40.4:
Life Honorary Members who do not play golf or bowls,
Elected Life Honorary Members referred to in Rule
35.6.3.3 and Elected Honorary Members referred to in Rule
35.20 shall be exempt from payment of the annual
subscriptions, levies and charges for bar and/or catering
credit.
The Special Resolution was carried by a show of hands.
MOTIONS
Motion 1 (Simple majority required)
Proposed by: Fergus Murphy Seconded by: Ian Maguire
That for the year ended 31st October 2020, the annual subscription for Ordinary Members shall be a core
subscription of €1,445 plus a Bar Credit Levy of €200 or, alternatively, if an individual Ordinary Member so
elects, a core subscription of €1,445 plus a convertible amount of €80.
M. Kelly commented that he believed that €40 was not enough and believed the budgets to be reasonable if we
are to maintain and not affect our standards. If this is the case, and we want to increase our reserves, we need
to increase our subscriptions.
P. Fagan, commented that we are coming out of a recession, that we had years of no subscription increase and
we need to continue the good work and keep our standards.
D. Gilroy agreed with P. Fagan and stated that any matter dealing with a further increase in subscription
should be brought to a Special General Meeting.
M. Kelly proposed, and seconded by R. Gaine, that the motion be amended from €40 increase to €100
increase. The amendment was put to the meeting and defeated by a show of hands.
The original motion was then put to the meeting and adopted by a show of hands.
12. To elect Office Bearers
The Chairman complimented the two outgoing Golf Captains, Ray Bergin and Anna Tyndall, and the Bowling
Captain, Derek Kirwan, on their successful year in office during which they represented the Club with great
dignity and gave as much as they possibly could to the Office of Captain of their respective Clubs. On behalf
of all Members, he thanked them and wished them well for the future.
The Chairman advised the Meeting that Dave Dalton, having completed two terms of three years as House
and Social Officer, was retiring from office. He acknowledged the fantastic job that he had done and thanked
him for his hard work.
House and Social Officer:
As there was only one nomination for House and Social Officer, John Delaney, proposed by D. Dalton and
seconded by B. Leech, was duly elected.
The Chairman introduced the incoming Golf Captains, Brian Leech and Anne Gardner and he wished them
both well for their year in office. The 2020 Captains then joined the top table.
13. To elect Honorary Members
The Chairman proposed the following persons as Honorary Members of the Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club
for the current year.
• The Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland – The Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin
• The Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough – The Most Reverend Michael Jackson
• Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Dublin – The Venerable David Pierpoint
• Professional Golfer, triple major winner and Ryder Cup Captain of the European Team for 2020 –
Padraig Harrington,
• Professional Golfer and Captain of the European Team that won the Ryder Cup in 2014 – Paul
McGinley, and Professional Golfers and major winners – Shane Lowry, Darren Clarke, Graeme
McDowell and Rory McIlroy.
The Chairman commented that Shane Lowry presented the Club with a signed copy of the 18th hole flag
following his victory in the British Open Championship at Royal Portrush last year – and that is now framed
and hanging alongside the flags signed by Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory
McIlroy after they each won their first major title.
The Chairman proposed, and Ian Maguire seconded, Dermot Gilleece as a Life Honorary Member of The
Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club in recognition of the wonderful contribution he has made at home and
internationally as a Golf Correspondent, and notably as author of the Club’s Jubilee Book (1987) and
Centenary Book (2012).
This was passed unanimously by a show of hands.
T. Crawford congratulated D. Gilleece on his election and was delighted to have proposed him for
membership of the Club in 1984.
To appoint Auditors
On the proposal of M.F. Murphy, seconded by I. Maguire, FMB Chartered Accountants were appointed as
auditors for 2020.
14. Any Other Business
T. O’Leary asked that the Course Committee look at the approach to the 3rd green and at moving players to the
right of the green to improve the surface.
In relation to the coffee machine, Dave Dalton commented that coffee is available from the Bar when the
Restaurant is closed.
M. Tyndall suggested that a new sign be placed near the 2nd tee at the new tee box sign as the sign that is
currently on the fence cannot be seen and is ineffective. He also suggested that the old signage on the
11th, 12th and 13th tee boxes be removed. J. McLoughlin said that a warning sign will be put in place on the
2
nd when the sponsors’ signs go in place.
M. Tyndall went on to comment that while we are firstly a Golf Club we are also a business, and he
suggested that the structure put in place in 2007 may not be fit for today’s purpose; that the structure of
the Management Committee should be changed to include the necessary skills and the Management
Committee should look at the recommendations of the C.G.I. and benchmark against this.
I. Maguire commented that we may need to change taking into account the trends in changes in organisational
structures generally and the views of the meeting.
M. Tyndall asked that the Men’s Committee review the Captain’s Dinner and try to get the numbers back
to where they were in the past, reduce the number of speakers, and the length of speeches, and the
structure of the night. He also commented on the noise that came from the back of the room during the
speeches and for the Members to see the night as an occasion to honour the Captain.
J. McLoughlin (Course Officer) proposed that the height of the hedge on the right of the 18th be reduced to
4.5/5 ft.
D. Byrne commented that he was happy with the proposal and we should look at a proper pathway to the
Practice Ground in the Garden.
J. McMahon commented that we should also pare back the hedge.
D. Gilroy commented that he supported the idea but it should get the backing of the membership.
M. O’Connor asked that the Course Committee look at a new access point to the Garden near the compressor
area.

M. Gardner agreed with the idea of reducing the hedge, but not during bird nesting season.
The meeting, by a show of hands, agreed to reduce the height of the hedge as proposed by the Course Officer.
M. Murphy asked that the Management Committee communicate with Members when the TV Room is
booked and to use the Restaurant on more occasions.
D. Gilleece, thanked the Club for the honour which it had bestowed on him and that he was very grateful to the
Club and to T. Crawford for his kind words.
The President, in closing the Meeting at 9.35pm, thanked the Members for their contributions and wished them
well for the coming year.

_____________________
Tommy Cooke
President Date: _______________________
Consequent to the Motions adopted at the Annual General Meeting held on 31st January 2020,
the subscriptions payable in 2019/2020 by the Members in the various categories are as follows:-
Option 1: Pay the Bar Credit
Levy
Option 2: Pay the Convertible
Amount
Membership
Category
% of Ordinary
Subscription
(unless
otherwise stated)
Core
Sub
Bar
Credit
Levy
Total
amount
Core
Sub
Convertible
amount
Total
amount
€ € € € € €
Ordinary 100% 1,445 200 1,645 1,445 80 1,525
Ordinary Retired 62% 896 120 1,016 896 50 946
Ordinary Retired (2) 75% 1,084 120 1,284 1,084 60 1,144
Five-Day 70% 1,012 120 1,132 1,012 56 1,068
Five-Day Retired 52.5% 759 120 879 759 42 801
Five-Day Retired (2) 52.5% 759 120 879 759 42 801
Five-Day Clerical 45% 650 120 770 650 36 686
Lady 60% 867 120 987 867 48 915
Lady Retired 45% 650 120 770 650 36 686
Lady Retired (2) 50% 723 120 843 723 40 763
Ordinary Country 50% 723 120 843 723 40 763
Five-Day Country 50% of Five-Day 506 120 626 506 27 533
Lady Country 50% of Lady 434 120 554 434 23 457
Inter Country 50% of Inter 289 120 409 289 16 305
Intermediate 40% 578 120 698 578 32 610
Intermediate Student 25% 361 120 481 361 20 381
Junior 12.5% 181 0 181 181 0 181
Clubhouse 15% 217 *130 347 217 *130 347
Clubhouse Retired 60% of Clubhouse 130 *130 260 130 *130 260
Clubhouse Retired (2) 75% of Clubhouse 163 *130 293 163 *130 293
Bowling 25% 361 120 481 361 20 381
Bowling Retired 60% of Bowling 217 120 337 217 12 229
Bowling Retired (2) 75% of Bowling 271 120 391 271 15 286
Intermediate Bowling 50% of Bowling 181 120 301 181 10 191
Junior Bowling 15% of Bowling 54 0 54 54 0 54
Golf/Bowling MC Decision 50 0 50 50 0 50
Life Honorary Ord. 25% 361 120 481 361 20 381
Life Honorary 5-Day 25% of Five-Day 253 120 373 253 14 287
Life Honorary Lady 25% of Lady 217 120 337 217 12 229
Life Honorary Bowling 25% of Bowling 90 120 210 90 5 95
Life Honorary
Clubhouse
25% of Clubhouse 54 *130 184 54 *130 184
Life Honorary (non
golf or bowls) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bar Credit Levy / Convertible Amount
Ordinary Members may pay the Bar Credit Levy of €200 (Option 1) or alternatively pay a Convertible Amount of €80
(Option 2) in addition to the core subscription.
All other Members (other than Juniors, Clubhouse, Golf/Bowlers and Life Honorary {non golf or bowls}) may pay a Bar
Credit Levy of €120 (Option 1) or alternatively pay a pro rata Convertible Amount (Option 2) in addition to the core
subscription. The pro rata Convertible Amount is calculated by reference to the core subscription payable by each
membership category; expressing that core subscription as a percentage of the core subscription payable by an Ordinary
Member; and then applying that percentage to the Convertible Amount of €80.
Bar and Catering Credits (Clubhouse Members only):
*€130 – Clubhouse Members (all categories) are required to purchase a Bar and Catering Credit of €130.

Golf News Feb 2021

NEWS UPDATE TO MEMBERS – February 2021

Captain for 2021 takes office: On Wednesday 6th January and at a two-metre distance on the steps of the
Clubhouse, outgoing Captain Brian Leech presented Dave Dalton, Captain for 2021, with his Captain’s blazer,
saying.
“It has been a privilege and a great honour for me to represent you, the Members, and also
The Clontarf Golf and Bowling Club throughout a very unusual and difficult year for everyone in 2020.
I would like to thank you all for the support, kindness and understanding shown to me during my time
in office. I would like to wish our Club Officers and Committees, President Tommy, Vice-President
Andy, incoming Captain Dave, incoming Vice-Captain Liam, Lady Captain Anne, Lady Vice-Captain
Mary, Bowling Captain Peter and Bowling Vice-Captain John all the very best for 2021”.
Change of Club Treasurer: The Annual General Meeting of the Club should have taken place on Friday 29th
January but restrictions because of Covid-19 meant that a physical meeting could not take place. The AGM is the
time when Club officers retire and new appointees take over. Fergus Murphy, who had completed his three-year
term as Club Treasurer, decided not to seek a second three-year term. Consequently, Elizabeth Toomey, being the
only nominee for the position, has been installed as acting Club Treasurer until such time as an AGM can be held
and at which the Members can formally approve her election.
At the Management Committee Meeting in January, the Chairman, Ian Maguire, thanked Fergus for the tremendous
amount of work he undertook in dealing with the Club’s finances in such difficult times due particularly to the
unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and also working with the Finance sub-committee in updating the
format of the Club’s Accounts. He also wished him many more years of enjoyment as a Member of the Club. The
President, Tommy Cooke, echoed the sentiments expressed by the Chairman and, on behalf of all the Members,
thanked Fergus most sincerely for his service.
Bar Credits: The Management Committee has agreed to extend the deadline up to 31st October 2021 whereby
Members can use their Bar Credit, paid from the 1

st of November 2019, as a result of the impact on Members’ normal
spending patterns due to the lockdowns directed by the Government in a bid to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members may transfer up to €75 of their Bar Credit for use in the Restaurant when it reopens. If you wish to do so,
please contact the General Manager at 01- 833 1892.
Level 5 restrictions to continue: Following the announcement by the Irish Government on 26th January, that the
current period of Level 5 restrictions will be extended, Golf Ireland has noted with regret that golf and all other
sporting facilities in the Republic of Ireland are to remain closed.
Golf Ireland continues to engage with the relevant authorities in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to
ensure that golf returns as soon as the public health situation improves sufficiently.
The main objective for us all is to continue to do what we can to safeguard ourselves and others from further spread
of Covid-19. Golf Ireland urges all affiliated clubs and their members to continue to adhere to the public health
restrictions in place at this time.
The Management Committee will continue to monitor the situation as regards the reopening of the Clubhouse, golf
course and bowling green, in accordance with directions from the Government, and will keep the Members informed.
How to stay physically active during COVID-19 self-quarantine: Physical activity contributes to both our physical
and mental health. As many people are currently confined to their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic,
WHO/Europe has developed a guide to help people integrate simple, safe ways to stay physically active in a limited
space. The guide also takes account of some of the physical challenges of working from home, offering tips on how
to integrate movement into daily routines.
“It is possible to keep active, even when you are confined indoors. Now, as more of us are living and working or
studying in the same space, it is even more important to take active breaks to move, stretch and make the time to
focus on our mental well-being. The exercises we have shared in this guide are easy to do and require no special
equipment. They offer a basic, safe starting point for making sure we all keep moving while staying at home,” said
Lea Nash Castro, Nutrition and Physical Activity Officer at WHO/Europe.
WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week
for adults, or a combination of both. The guidance is intended for people in self-quarantine without any symptoms or
diagnosis of acute respiratory illness. It should not replace medical guidance in case of any health condition.
You can find the guide on the WHO Europe website or by keying “stay physically active during self-quarantine” into
your search engine.

Create for Mental Health – Arts and Crafts Exhibition: Despite these difficult times when we are separated from
friends and family, and also from the many social and sporting activities we enjoyed before the restrictions began,
there are at least some things that are free from restrictions; our ability to create and to contribute to society. So to
help engage our minds and stay connected, we are sharing an idea that we hope you will find worthy of support.
What we have in mind is an Arts and Crafts Exhibition featuring the creative output of Members and their families,
which we hope to hold at the end of 2021. We plan to have a sale and auction of the exhibits and all monies raised
will go to a charity that supports mental health. If there is any lesson that 2020 gave us, it was that our mental health
during these times is incredibly vulnerable, just as much as our physical health.
So now is the time to dust off your arts and crafts supplies and equipment if you want to participate in this worthy
endeavour. The exhibition will include works of art and craft from any medium you wish, whether it be painting,
photography, woodwork, embroidery, knitting etc. There are NO restrictions on at least this one thing for 2021. It will
be your choice as to what to create and in your choice of medium. If you are interested in participating please
email denislynch57@gmail.com. We look forward to your participation.
Shopping Volunteer Group: John McMahon and Ray Maguire, the organisers of the Shopping Volunteer Group,
hope that all Members are keeping safe and well and catching up with all the jobs that needed doing but haven’t
been attended to until now. The Club Shopping Volunteer Group is there for all Clontarf Members or other members

of the local community who might need assistance with their shopping. If you require groceries, medicines, or a little-
pick-me up from the wine counter in SuperValu, all you have to do is ring John McMahon (086 821 3410) or Ray

Maguire (086 851 7416) and they will make the necessary arrangements. Don’t be shy – they’d love to hear from
you, even if it is only for a sliced pan, a litre of milk or a bottle of your favourite tipple! No order is too small. They we

are also putting together a plan for emergencies for anyone who is unfortunate enough to require a skilled handy-
man at short notice.

Many thanks to all the wonderful Shopping Volunteers for their unselfish commitment to help fellow Members.
Golf Tees Lament (Author – Larry Buddin)
Golf tees on my dresser, golf tees in my bed.
Golf tees on my pillows, where they poke me in my head.
Golf tees in my closet, falling from my shirts and pants .
Golf tees along the baseboards, just like army ants.
Golf tees in the carpet and underneath my feet.
Golf tees lined up on the mantle. Oh, they look so neat.
Golf tees in my couch and in my back and thighs.
When I sit and watch TV, I feel those little guys.
Golf tees in the kitchen, in Jurassic coffee mugs.
Sometimes when I pass them, they look like prehistoric bugs.
Golf tees in the bathtub, like sailors on plastic ships.
Golf tee in her make‐up, like little bald q‐tips.
Golf tees in the attic, golf tees in the shed.
Golf tees, golf tees everywhere – I wonder where they bred?
Golf tees out the backdoor, like Hansel‐and‐Gretel’s trails.
Golf tees in the flowerbeds, among the mulch and snails.
Golf tees in my car and underneath the mats.
Golf tees in the backseat, like little baseball bats.
But when I am at the golf course, I ask my partner, like a louse
“May I borrow some of your tees?” I left mine at the house!
A woman’s confidence:.
One night, President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of the routine and go for a casual
dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the
President’s Secret Service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a
conversation with the owner. After the conversation, President Obama asked Michelle why was he so interested in
talking to her. She mentioned that, in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her.
President Obama then said, “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant”.
Michelle responded, “No. if I had married him, he would now be the President”.
A woman’s confidence never comes in bits and pieces. This is dedicated to all the intelligent women in The Clontarf
Golf and Bowling Club.

What’s up in the sky? Over the past year, John Lambert, the Men’s Tournament Secretary, has supplied several
articles for the News Update on astronomical matters. He has suggested that anyone with an interest in what’s up
in the sky might like to join Astronomy Ireland (AI). Membership costs €60 plus a voluntary donation of €10 – €20.
Membership of AI includes the following:
• 12 issues of AI’s magazine delivered straight to member’s door.
• Free email service and updates to keep members informed of all the latest events happening in Ireland.
• Reduced rate tickets to any of AI’s ticketed events.
• Special “members only” telescope nights.
• Free advice when buying a telescope.
For anyone with just a passing interest, John recommends a free app called STELLARIUM which identifies most of
what you can see in the sky at night, just by pointing your mobile phone at the sky. This app also shows movement
of satellites in the sky which are visible to the naked eye in a clear sky at dusk. The app also allows you to sit indoors,
point upwards and see on screen what is available in the sky. There are other apps available showing the stars and
planets. Real nerds can get apps that show and identify passing satellites, including the time and direction of the
International Space Station as it traverses the Dublin skies. Some of these apps emanate from NASA.
Only a true golfer will understand these:
1. Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it.
2. Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.
3. When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.
4. If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you
have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top
a ball halfway there.
5. The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing.
6. No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.
7. The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion
that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors.
8. Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot.
9. A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponent’s luck.
10. It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt – for a 10.
11. Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of
his own haircut.
12. Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts.
13. It’s not a gimme if you’re still 5 feet away.
14. The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly
through the center of a very large tree.
15. You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time.
16. If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.
17. Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group
of three.
18. When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when
you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again.
19. Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the
fundamental equilibrium of the universe.
20. If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.
21. To calculate the speed of a player’s downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap,
i.e. back-swing 20 mph , handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph.
22. There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position
of your hands: (1) how many hands you have and (2) which one is wearing the glove.
23. Hazards attract; fairways repel. Keep this in mind.
24. A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.
25. If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the
bunker, yours is in the footprint.
26. It’s easier to get up at 6:00am to play golf than at 10:00am to mow the lawn.
27. A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.
28. Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot.
29. A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are.
30. If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life.
31. Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each
week.
32. It’s amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball
marks, and rake his sand traps.
33. If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight
(or worse).

From times past:
Temporary Wartime Golf Rules in Richmond Golf Club, Surrey, England, 1940
1. Players are asked to collect bomb and shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing
machines.
2. In competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for
ceasing play.
3. The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonably, but not
guaranteed, safe distance therefrom.
4. Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the fairways or in bunkers, within a club’s length of a ball, may be
moved without penalty and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.
5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or, if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not
nearer the hole without penalty.
6. A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole,
without penalty.
7. A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from
the same place. Penalty one stroke.
And you thought some of the Temporary Golf Rules because of Covid-19 were an anathema!
Finally, be ready for when golf resumes:
1. Take good care of the battery in your golf trolley: In these strange times, when the battery in your golf trolly
is not getting any use, it is important that you take good care of it and that you follow the manufacturer’s storage
instructions for your type of battery.
• For Caddy Cell batteries, check: http://caddycell.com/index.php/instructions
• For Powakaddy batteries, check: PowaKaddy-Plug-n-Play-Battery-Charger-Instruction-Booklet-090818.pdf
2. ClubV1 Members Hub – a reminder: The new Club V1 competition software system is now in operation in
Clontarf Golf Club. Having this application on your phone and/or your iPad will provide you with up to date
information on golf activity, playing history, competition results, personal Club accounts and direct access into
the BRS booking system. The Club V1 app is free to install and Members can register by way of the following
simple steps:-
(1) Open GOOGLE or your preferred search engine
(2) Search for ClubV1 Members Hub
(3) Press “Install” and then “Open”
(4) Two message boxes will appear on screen. (1) If you already have a HowDidiDo passport account, please
“click here”. (2) Passport Registration – If you do not have a HowDidiDo passport account “click here” and
proceed to create one.
(5) Enter your email address, your password, confirm your password, and enter your forename and surname.
(6) Then register.
(7) Validation Link – A validation link will arrive in to your email immediately.
(8) Open the email and confirm your account.
(9) Log in to Passport and Profile Update and proceed.
It’s all very simple – just follow the on-screen instructions and you’ll be up and running in no time.
3. World Handicap System – a reminder: The New World Handicapping System is now live and you can access
your Handicap Index by creating an account in https://www.golfireland.ie/signup.
You will need your swipe card number and your pin number to create your account in Golf Ireland. Your pin
number can be found on the back of your swipe card or in the ‘My Dashboard’ tab of your Golfnet account.
Please be aware that your Handicap Index is not your Playing Handicap.
Having registered on the Golf Ireland Website a player can access their Handicap Records via ‘My Golf Login’ –
located in the top right hand corner of the Home Page. This will be the main source of a Player’s Handicap
Record in future.
The WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM, (Clubhouse) will be updated at midnight on the day in which a player has
played in an acceptable score Competition. It will display My Golf Account which includes My WHS Handicap
Index, My Handicap Performance and My Golf Scores.
A detailed chart is in place at the Pro-Shop and Concourse to assist Members in determining the Course
Handicap and then their Playing Handicap, depending on the format of play.

Jan 2021

At the last AGM in 2020 it was decided to change the colour of our team Kit to A Navy Trouser and keep the same shirt.

Crafts

Clontarf Art and Craft Exhibition 2012

Covid 19

Covid-19 Closures

4.45pm Wednesday 21st October 2020

Following intensive engagement over the past 48 hours, we have been informed this afternoon by Sport Ireland that, very regrettably golf clubs must close under the new level 5 restrictions.

Essential course maintenance is permitted to continue under level 5. We have sought clarity on the issue as to whether ranges/practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities. We will update clubs on this as soon as possible.

 

Alan Kelly
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland

Memories of Spain

2019 Clontarf bowling went on a Jolly to Spain. With 40+ members the San Pedro and San José  didn’t  know what hit them.

Bowling Nov 2020

Well winter is on the way so we must prepare  for a close down of the bowling green.

Bowling OCT-2020

Welcome to the Bowling Blog October 2020

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