NCBI encouraging golf clubs to have 2020 vision

John Heffernan and Noel O'Mahony from Rossmore Golf Club

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) are encouraging golf clubs across Ireland to get involved in the country’s largest charity golf tournament in 2020.

The winning teams from this year’s All-Ireland finals of the HolmPatrick Cup and Granard Cup will travel to St. Andrews as reward for their achievements at the most-worthy competition and next year it could be you.

This is the longest-running and largest men’s and women’s charity golf tournament and this year saw over 30% of men’s and 25% of women’s golf clubs field teams to participate in the competition.


Both tournaments are over 80 years old and steeped in history. Starting in 1932, it is named after Edina Conyngham, Baroness HolmPatrick, who donated the trophy to NCBI at its inauguration. The Baroness was a granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington. The tournament is a well-established highlight in the calendar of golf clubs around the country and players are being encouraged to think about signing up for the event next year already, given the demand.

The All-Ireland final took place at Balbriggan golf club, with 24 teams in total taking part. Despite the blustery weather conditions, Rossmore Golf Club from Co. Monaghan triumphantly took the HolmPatrick Cup for the men, while the ladies teams fought it out on the course for the Granard Cup with Athlone Golf Club being victorious, winning with 44 points.

Chris White, NCBI CEO said; “This is the oldest golf charity tournament in the country with the fitting prize being to play on the oldest golf course in the world in St. Andrews, Scotland.

“We are delighted to continue to be the beneficiary and this year, over €58k was raised to assist NCBI continue to deliver frontline services to people living with sight loss. Thank you to all who participated this year.”

If you want to get your golf club involved in the 2020 tournament, please log onto or

For further information, please contact June Tinsley, Head of Communications on 01 8821917 or 087 9955076


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