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Team Ireland Retain Celtic Cup – Just About!!

10th May 2019 - 3:30pm

Winning team Ireland Captain Niall McDonnell

Winning team Ireland Captain Niall McDonnell

Big Shout of Fore (Thanks) to all of our sponsors John Cassidy Travel, Topflight, Shannon Airport, British Airways and Unique Travel Representation

This year the fourth Celtic Cup, was played on UK soil in Sussex with Fourball and Singles matches at Dale Hill Golf Club and Chart Hills Golf Club respectively. Team Ireland was captained by Niall McDonnell (Classic Collection Holidays) and generously sponsored by Cassidy Travel, Topflight and Shannon Airport. Team UK were led by Keith Chuter (British Airways) with Unique Travel Representation as their sponsor.


Team Ireland flew to Gatwick on Wednesday morning confident they could retain the trophy with most of the team having played in the three previous encounters. The Fourball matches at Dales Hill finished Team Ireland 4 and Team UK 2, all to play for in the 12 singles matches on Day 2. Dinner on Wednesday night was followed by the announcement of the singles pairings by the two Captains and as the night wore on Team UK were becoming more confident, they could pull off their first victory. Early to bed for Team UK but Niall McDonnell insisted his players got in some preparation for Day 2 with some late-night potting on the pool table.


As each of the singles matches finished at Chart Hills it was becoming clear that Team UK had launched a serious comeback. Captain Keith was beginning to look like a man on a mission and at one stage was seen preparing a victory speech. Sadly, for Team UK, Ireland managed to cling on and although Team UK won the singles 6 ½ to 5 ½ the overall result was a win by the tightest of margins Team Ireland 9 ½ - Team UK 8 ½.


As always, the event was played in a sporting fashion with plenty of friendly banter between both teams, old acquaintances renewed and new friendships made. Dinner at Dale Hill on Thursday night was followed by the presentation of the Cup to the Irish Team and announcement of Captains for next year. Team UK will be led by Fred Bickmore with Clem Walshe captaining Team Ireland.

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Winning team Ireland Captain Niall McDonnell
Team Ireland retain Celtic Cup – Just about!!
Keith Chuter (Team UK Captain) with Niall Mc Donnell (Captain Team Ireland)
The Irish Golfing apparel kindly sponsored by John Cassidy Travel
Team Ireland tee it up
Celtic Cup 2020 will be back in Ireland with new Captain Clem Walshe.

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