SWING – South West Ireland Golf, which started trading in 1987, celebrated its 30th year (waited for the fine weather in 2018) at a grand celebration held at Ballybunion Golf Club on April 13th. The day was attended by representatives of the media, invited guests and all its member and associate clubs, namely – Lahinch, Trump Doonbeg, Dromoland Castle, Ballybunion, Tralee, Dingle, Dooks, Waterville, Killarney, Adare Manor, Ring of Kerry, Cork and the Old Head of Kinsale. Our hosts Ballybunion had the course in great order and it was a pleasure to be the first non-members to play the new 18th hole on the Old course.
SWING was the first company to promote golf in Ireland and still today is the largest provider of greenfee’s to not alone its own member and associate clubs, but to many of the premier clubs throughout Ireland. It provides a full ground handling service for many tour operators from all over the world and is renowned for its high quality of professional service. Brendan Keogh CEO of the company along with other speakers including Failte Ireland were quick to acknowledge the contribution of the founding member clubs, Denis Brosnan, former CEO of Kerry Group and former CEO of SWING Paddy O Looney who sadly passed away in December 2017 after a long illness. Their combined vision and enthusiasm was the foundation on which the success of SWING was based.
On the day beautiful watercolour paintings of golf course scenes by talented local artist Paul Downey were presented to the respective captains of Lahinch, who celebrated its 125th in 2017 and Ballybunion who are celebrating their 125th in 2018.
One of the teams who took part in the golf competition on the day. L – R – John Eggleston(Ballybunion) Ronan Deasy (Kerry Group) Brian Durran (SWING/Kerry Group) Martin Donnelly (Failte Ireland).