Monday, November 04, 2019

KILKEA Castle’s lady golfers have presented a cheque for €2,150 to the Marie Keating Foundation.

The funds were officially handed over in Hermione’s restaurant at the clubhouse, after an 18-hole golf competition was held during the summer (a raffle was also held on the day). Kilkea Castle’s Director of Golf Sean Hicks explained that there was a great turnout, with around 22 clubs from Kildare, Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny and Wicklow represented at the fundraiser.

“The main organiser there was the Lady Captain Diane Stanley,” he said.

The Marie Keating Foundation is a leading voice in cancer awareness and information for men and women in Ireland, its aim to achieve a world free from the fear of cancer. Originally set up to raise information and awareness about breast cancer, today it provides information on all types of cancer and helps men and women detect it at the earliest stages and supports them through cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

L-R Diane Stanley, Lady Captain, Kilkea Castle Golf Club; Mary O’Mara, Lady Vice-Captain with Fiona Sullivan and Linda Keating from the Marie Keating Foundation

Alongside national awareness and education programmes, the organisation provides financial assistance through its Comfort Fund to people receiving treatment for cancer of any kind of cancer and who find themselves in financial difficulty. It supports cancer survivors through its Survive and Thrive programmes, run nationwide free of charge for those who have completed their cancer treatment.

The Foundation receives very little Government funding and provides all of its services free of charge – its work is made possible by fundraisers, volunteers and corporate supporters across the country.

Mr Hicks added that Kilkea Castle also holds a Pro Am every year on the first Friday of August, raising vital funds for Crumlin children’s hospital.

He described the Ladies Golf section at Kilkea as vibrant, with members from Kildare, Carlow, Wicklow and Dublin. They recently ran a get into golf programme that attracted over 20 local women. “It’s growing all the time,” he said.

Of course it helps to have a championship golf course, with fantastic views all around of the towering castle. Next up on the agenda is a winter series, beginning on 6 November and running every Wednesday until 11 March. There’ll be a winner every week and they’ll be invited back to play in the final in March, with a grand prize featuring a stay in the castle with golf, spa treatments, breakfast and dinner.

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By Conor Forrest
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