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All-Ireland Father & Son 2016

Sunday 10th July

This year almost 500 golfers representing nearly 100 different golf clubs participated in the Qualifying Rounds of this prestigious tournament.  This event is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and this was evident from the qualifying rounds and right through all the matchplay stages.

Paul Carroll of CPL said that he and his company were delighted to be part of this great tournament that builds and nourishes future talent, relationships and values which is are also core to the business of CPL resources.

On the first qualifying weekend, the Butlers of Dunmurry Springs/Naas led the qualifiers with a net score of 68.  Simon and Peter Murray were the leading Castle pair on 71.  The leading gross score of the qualifiers was 74 by the O’Connor’s of Foxrock.

64 pairs qualified for the Matchplay stages of the event, which commenced on Monday and ran every evening during the week.

Former Walker Cup player Jody Fanagan reached his first All-Ireland Father and Son final along with his son Harry.  Peter & Graham O’Connor of Foxrock had the best gross score in the qualifiers and their fine golf continued all the way through the matchplay stages to the final.  Both pairs treated spectators to fine golf right throughout the week and a large crowd were treated to a fantastic final played in the spirit that this competition is renowned for.

In the Final, held on the afternoon of Sunday July 10th, Jody & Harry Fanagan (Milltown) defeated Peter & Graham O’Connor (Foxrock) 4&3 in a hard fought final. 

This tournament is The Biggest Amateur Open Event on the Irish golfing calendar.  

Saturday 9th July


Two fantastic semi finals were played here today in great spirit.

The sun shone brightly but the wind made conditions very difficult.  Nevertheless a large crowd witnessed great golf played by all Fathers and Sons.

The first Semi Final saw the Floods from Castle go all the way to the 19th before they succumbed to a wonderful birdie from the O'Connors of Foxrock.  The Castle pair of Garry and Paul showed great resiliance to come back from 4 down after 12 holes to bring this match to extra time.

In the second Semi Final the McCarthys of Elm Park played some great golf but were narrowly beaten by another birdie this time on 17 from the Fanagans of Milltown.  We look forward to seeing the McCarthys compete in this great event again in future years.

Now on to tomorrows final which starts at 1pm and promises to be another titanic affair with the O'Connors giving 1 shot to the Fanagans.  All support is welcome.

Friday 8th July 2016

Quarter Finals Day !

Weary legs, weary limbs but the golf brain ticks on....

Like good wine, the golf is getting better as the week goes on and 10 different clubs were represented today

Peter & Graham O'Connor (Foxrock) booked their semi final spot following a great match with Karl & William Fitzsimons (Slade Valley/City West).

Castle kept their hopes up high for a home win as Garry & Paul Flood accounted for Stephen & Patrick Cowzer (Lisheen Springs).

Robert & young Aengus McCarthy (Elm Park) kept their dream alive as a birdie 4 won their match on 17 with Ronan & Gerard Feighery (Rathfarnham/Ballymoney  - their futhest journey after 17 years of competing.

Former Irish International and Walker Cup Star Jody Fanagan & his son Harry reached the semi final following a truly sporting encounter with Seamus & Ross McCormack  from Naas.

All eyes are now on Semi Final Day - Saturday First Tee 16.15 pm

Castle versus Foxrock and Milltown versus Elm Park - where else would you get it!

Mouth watering ties.....

Strawberries and Cream - No Doubt !


Thursday 7th July 2016

A cracking day's weather at Castle to go with stunning golf played by all.

It was a day when not only did the Sun shine but so too did Youth.

A fantastic display of golf from Harry Fanagan (16 years), Aengus McCarthy (12 Years), and Paul Flood (14 years) saw them play high quality golf and guide their respective fathers through to another day's golf.

Similar golfing talent was displayed by Jake Turley (14 years), Dylan Smyth (12 Years), Jamie Butler (14 years) and  Simon Philips (15 years) who all sadly will have to wait another year before teeing it up again with their Dads and hopefully taking the journey a little further. 

The Quarter Finals have produced some mouth watering clashes, worthy of any golfing enthusiast taking time out to support their favoured pairings at Castle.

First Tee Tomorrow Friday at 17.00 pm

Wednesday 6th July 2016

The weather was very good today and the golf was even better.

The Battle of the Titans saw Castle's Flood's take on Castle's Donnelly's with Garry & Paul Flood winning out over Martin & Mathew Donnelly.

The Scullion's, Brian & Martin continue their winning journey as they travel up and down from Lurgan Golf Club each day battling through against former winners Michael & Michael Whelan from Castle.

Thomas and his 12 year old son Dylan Smyth (Castle) finished on the right side of a great match with Ken & Keith McCabe from Forrest Little.

Thursday looks to be set up for some epic contests - Spectators most welcome.


Tuesday 5th July

A wonderful day at Castle Golf Club with a great pick up in the weather.

Four matches went to 19th with wonderful golf played by all.

Jody Fanagan who has previously beaten Major winners Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington and his son Harry won on 18 against Castle's Jim and Fergal Moran.

Former Laois Footballer and Senior Cup winner Michael Turley and his son Jake from Elm Park won through against Michael and Mike Cronin from Grange - former winners of the Father & Son.

The Centerary Captain from Grange Hugh Millar and his son Sean succeeded against Mark & Daragh Fagan from Blessington Lakes on the tie hole.

2015 Champions and multiple winners Michael & Stephen Finlan went down to Seamus & Ross McCormack from Naas.

Good luck to all competitors on Wednesday on what looks set up to be a great day's golf. 

Monday 4th July

Challenging weather brought out the best in all of our players today.

One match finished just before 10pm when the Kennys of Greystones defeated the Murrays of Castle on the 23rd hole.

Castles own Des Leavy turned back the years to win on the 20th hole with his son Des Jr. over the Roes from Powerscourt.

Sunday 3rd July

Today saw better weather at Castle Golf Club.

Scores to 75.5 plus the Keoghs and Larkins with 76 qualified today.

Leading Qualifier: John & Jamie Butler (Dunmurry Springs/Naas) - 68

Leading Castle Qualifier: Simon & Peter Murray – 71 (on count back)

Best Gross: Peter & Graham O’Connor (Foxrock) – 74

Congratulations to the 64 pairs who have qualified and best of luck in the Match Play.

To all who did not qualify, thank you for your participation, we hope you enjoyed your Castle experience and look forward to seeing you in 2017.


Saturday 2nd July

Qualifying for the 2016 All-Ireland Father & Son has commenced with testing weather conditions for all of our participants today.

Scores to 77.5 have qualified for tomorrow evening's draw along with the following pairs who recorded a score of 78

  • Alan & Jack Brown (Heath)
  • Seamus & Alan Rohan (Naas)
  • Michael & Michael Whelan (Castle)
  • Ciaran & Ronan Dunne (Carton House)

The 1st Round draw will appear here on Sunday night at the conclusion of play in the qualifying round.


Qualifying Rounds for the 2016 All-Ireland Father & Son Sponsored by CPL Resources will take place on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

Timesheets are already almost full for this great event.  Our Champions Michael & Stephen Finlan have entered again this year and will be looking to defend the title that they won in 2015.

The golf course awaits all our entrants and is already in pristine condition.  Castle Golf Club Members and Staff are looking forward to giving the traditional friendly Castle welcome to all competitors.