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All-Ireland Father & Son 2017

Sunday 9th July 2017

Finals Day at Castle Golf Club and neither the sunshine or the quality of the golf disappointed.

Both pairings treated the large crowd that gathered to watch this 2017 final to a high quality of golf in a match that was played in the true sporting spirit that this competition is renowned for.

Michael and Tadgh Kellet (Clontarf) came out of the blocks fastest while David and David McGrath (Portmarnock) drew level after the third. The Kellets continued to impress and started to pull away around the turn with the McGrath's just not able to pin them back.

The Kelletts were four up with five to play when the McGraths started to rally back winning 14th and 15th to bring the match back to 2 holes.

David McGrath saw a birdie putt on the 16th narrowly miss the hole when Michael Kellett stepped up and chipped in for a birdie to win the match.

Michael and Tadgh Kellett win the 2017 All Ireland Father & Son Title at Castle Golf Club winning 3&2.

Many thanks to the sponsors Dawson Jewellers for helping to make this a great matchplay tournament.

With over 500 competitors and 100 different clubs represented during the week this is the Biggest Amatuer Golf Event on the Irish Calandar.

Well done to David and David McGrath (Portmarnock) for making it to the final and playing great golf throughout the entire week.

Well done to Michael and Tadgh Kellett (Clontarf) - Champions 2017 and winners of the All Ireland Father & Son.

Many thanks to all who participated in 2017 and here's hoping 2018 will be your year.

Until 2018 - keep practicing....


Saturday 8th July 2018

Another stunning day at Castle.

The weather was brilliant but the golf from our semi finalists outshone it!

First up were the McGraths of Portmarnock versus the home pairing of Garry and Paul Flood.  This match was close all the way to the 18th green.  Finally a fantastic golf shot from young David McGrath to the 18th green meant that his father was left with 2 putts from 25 feet to claim victory and he duly obliged.  A great battle from two pairs in a match which neither deserved to lose.

The second semi final saw the Pardys of Hermitage and the Kelletts of Clontarf in yet another tight encounter.  Neither side could get more than two up at any stage in this match.  The match was finally closed out on the 17th green with the Kellets emerging victorious 2 and 1.

We now look forward to the final of the All-Ireland Father & Son tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm when Michael and Tadhg Kellett of Clontarf will meet David and David McGrath of Portmarnock.

Friday 7th July 2017

Quarter finals, fast greens, glorious sunshine and jingling nerves - why would you bother going to Portstewert.

We were treated to more fabulous golf tonight.

First up and fast out of the blocks were Sean & Paul Pardy (Hermitage) who last reached the semi finals in 2014 and they enjoyed a good match with Stan & Gerald Parkinson (Slade Valley) when winning on 14.

Michael & Tadgh Kellett (Clontarf) have now reached the dizzy heights of a semi final place for the first time when accounting for Eamon and Gary O'Doherty (Castle) Eamon has reached two finals and a host of semi finals in the past but alas 2017 is not to be.

Four birdies in the first seven holes set up David and David McGrath (Portmanock) in their match against Hugh and Neil Millar (Grange). Hugh lipped out on the 7th for almost our third hole in one of the week. The pins continued to be pulverised by both pairings before the McGraths finally ended the great journey in this years competition for the Millars on the 14th. 

Last up saw Garry & Paul Flood (Castle) take on the Holders Jody & Harry Fanagan (Milltown) Like the match in front the golf here was truly splendid. There was nothing between them at the turn and each time the Floods went ahead the Fanagans bounced back. The Floods went one up after 14 and went 2 up on 16 after young Paul hit the third shot stone dead. Birdie putts on 17 were missed by both sons which closed the door on last years reigning champions and sees Castle's last remaining pair go through to this year's semi finals.

Saturday is semi finals day - so after you have watched the Lions win come up and support all players.

The golf is magnificent and well worth watching. 

Thursday 6th July 2017

Bounce left, Kick right, Through the trees, Miss the bunker, Hold up, Go on - all the joys of Matchplay and we certainly enjoyed most of these emotions tonight at Castle Golf Club.

Michael & Tadgh Kellett (Clontarf) had good reason to smile after a fantastic duel with Donal & Paul Coleman (Castle) as this truly sporting match finally ended with a great win for them on the 20th hole.

Paul & Sean Pardy (Hermitage) marched on into the next round when overcoming David & Noel Joyce (Powerscourt/Royal Curragh) while Stan & Gerald Parkinson also enjoyed a 3 & 2 victory over former Dublin Footballer Paul Curran & his son Luke from Westmanstown.

The best golf on the night was played by David and David McGrath (Portmarnock) who continued their impressive run when taking out Brendan and Jay Walsh (Castle). They will now face Grange pairing of Hugh and Neil Millar who crossed the winning line in their match with Tom and Dyan Smyth. This will be an all legal affair - might need to bring in a Judge!!

Eamon and Gary O'Doherty (Castle) and Garry and Paul Flood (Castle) kept the home flag flying high with wins over Ronan & Ger Feighery (Rathfarnham) and Alan and Ryan Doherty (Corrstown) respectively.

An eagle 2 for Vincent & Lloyd O'Rourke (Naas) on the 12th was enough to win that hole but not sufficient to beat the Reigning Champions Jody & Harry Fanagan (Milltown) who take their place in tomorrow's quarter finals.

Friday is Quarter Finals Day and it promises to deliver more Fantastic Golf - where else would you get it !

Hope to see you here tomorrow - supporting your Club mates.


Wednesday 5th July 2017

Yet again another fantastic day of golf - raining birdies and more in the sun scorched Castle Golf Club.

Gary O'Doherty (Castle ) gave Paul Grimes (Killeen Castle)/Portmarnock) the birthday present he was not looking for on his 71st when he carded a hole in one on the 10th as he and his father, Eamonn O'Doherty won a match that was almost a repeat of the 2014 final when the Grimes pairing won the title beating Eamonn and another son Paul on that day.

Yet another birthday boy Jay Walsh (Castle) had reason to celebrate his 16th when he and his Dad Brendan overcame one of the favourities for the title in Brian & Martin Scullion (Lurgan). 

Harry Fanagan (Milltown) playing with his Dad Jody rolled in a birdie on 15 to beat his Geography teacher Declan Lacey and his son Sean (Newlands) in this all St Mary's clash. The Holders continue to map their way through the 2017 Father & Son.

Michael & Tadhg Kellett (Clontarf) battled from 3 down in a great match with excellent golf to win on 18 from Ciaran & Ronan Dunne (Carton House).

Last 16 tomorrow - if you have time pop along to Castle and enjoy some super golf.

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Happy 4th July to all and what a cracking day's matchplay at Castle Golf Club.

Last year's winners Jody & Harry Fanagan (Milltown) came through following an epic match with Bernard and Jason Bowes (Baltinglas) as Jody chipped in for an eagle on the 19th. Great Stuff!

Grange Centenary Captain Hugh Millar and his son Neil had a replay match from last year with Robert & Gus McCarthy (Elm Park) and this time came out victorious. Young Gus McCarthy celebarted a hole in one when qualifying on Saturday.

Garry & Paul Flood (Castle) made thier passage into the second round after another close encounter with Ian & Dylan Harbourne (Newlands) winning on the 20th.

Eddie Doyle (Bernie's husband) & son Alan (Stackstown/Castleknock) had a solid win over former winner's Castle's Michael Whelan and his son Paddy.

Wednesday promises to produce even greater matches - so if you are free why not visit Castle and watch how it is done.

Good luck to all. 

Monday 3rd July 2017

Monday saw the start of the matchplay rounds.

2014 winners Paul & Paul Grimes (Killeen Castle/Portmarnock) battled their way through against Terry & Killian Jones (Naas/Castle) to set up a replay of  the 2014 final in the next round against Eamonn O'Doherty (Castle) who this year has his son Gary, alongside. 

Nerve tingling golf finally ended a great match with Cian & John Scully (Naas) emerging as victors over Tony & Rory O'Shea (Elm Park) on the 21st Hole!  

Castle's Fergal & Jack Walsh also marched on into the next round with a solid performance against Mick & Paul O'Kelly (Portmarnock).

Paul Curran and his son Luke (Westmanstown) won the battle of the former Gaelic Footballers as they overcame Michael & Jake Turley (Elm Park)

Roll on Tuesday.


Sunday 2nd July 2017

Glorious sunshine was enjoyed by all at Castle today. The Holders, Jody & Harry Fanagan (Milltown) came thorugh qualifying with flying colours to take their place in the matchplay draw.

All scores to 75.5 qualified, plus some 76's - 

The draw for Monday and Tuesday matchplay is now complete and is live on the website.

Former Inter County Footballers, Paul Curran (Dublin) and Michael Turley (Laois) will face each other on Monday night.

Saturday 1st July 2017

Qualifying for the 2017 All-Ireland Father & Son, sponsored by Dawson Jewellers, has commenced with good if testing weather conditions for all of our competitors.  Matt Maher played today in what was the 30th year in a row for him playing in this great event.  Matt has qualified for the matchplay stages again this year with his son Martin.  We also had a hole in one today from the McCarthys of Elm Park on the 15th hole.

Scores to 76.5 have qualified for tomorrow evenings draw along with the following pairs who recorded a score of 77:

  • Steve & Cian Greenwood (Carton House)
  • Stephen & Brian Murphy (Milltown)

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


Qualifying Rounds for the 2017 All-Ireland Father & Son Sponsored by Dawson Jewellers will take place on Saturday, 1st and Sunday 2nd July.

Timesheets are already almost full for this great event.  Our 2016 Champions Jody & Harry Fanagan have entered again this year and will be looking to defend their title.

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.