He originally took the Director of Golf job in January 2016 because the World Amateur Championships for men and women were scheduled for Carton House.
Having attended seven previous stagings of the Espirito Santo Trophy, the women’s championship, with ILGU teams Kearney’s experience was a valuable asset in preparing for the historic tournament.
He combined administration and business development for the golf facility with his coaching, but now returns to his first love – teaching golf.
“The World Championships are finished and the dual role in terms of running the (Carton House) facility and the national squad was only going to last for so long.
“From Carton’s perspective, they used my experience of the World Championships to deliver a successful championships, and from my own point of view it obviously presented a unique experience for me.
“It was one of those once in a lifetime jobs.
“It’s now time to move back with the Ladies and give a little more commitment with the Ladies and focus on my own coaching as well,” said Kearney.
A native of Claremorris, county Mayo, Kearney played minor football for his county, but golf became his passion.
His career took him to America, Canada, and Turkey where he was Director of Golf at the National Golf Club of Turkey in Antalya, and National Coach to the Turkish Federation.
He contributes to developing the game internationally with the R&A and the PGA of Europe, is still the manager of the ILGU’s High Performance Unit, and came to Carton House from Grange GC, where he was Head Professional.
“With the R&A and the PGA of Europe, there’s more and more work coming for me from them.
“I was recently in Bahrain and Brazil for them in terms of their promotional programmes for golf all over the world.
“There’s a bit more opportunity of that kind of specific type of work as opposed to the type of work I’ve been doing for the last year and a half, so I’m looking forward to that as well,” he said.
The Carton House hotel and golf resort was developed by the Mallaghan family who owned it for nearly 40 years.
It changed hands in December 2017 when the mansion, the five-star hotel and the golf and sports facilities set on 668 acres of the 1100-acre site, were purchased in a sale backed by NAMA by American-born John Mullen, the son of Mayo parents.
Mr Mullen founded the Apple Leisure Group which is based in Philadelphia and he is believed to have paid around €55 million for their purchase