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Achill golf club ‘sickened’ by destruction of greens


VANDALISED One of the greens at the Achill Golf Links which was damaged by vandals last week

Anton McNulty

Vandals caused extensive damage to four greens of Achill Island Golf Links which occurred over two nights.
The incidents occurred on Monday and Tuesday last when damage was caused to the pens and the greens of the golf links located on the Keel Sandybanks.
The majority of the damage was caused on the second night and members held a vigil over the following nights to prevent further destruction.
Alan Gielty, PRO of the Achill Island Golf Club, told The Mayo News that members are ‘sickened’ by the damage caused and wondering why anyone would do it?
“We haven’t a clue who did this or why they would do it. To cause damage the first night was bad enough but to come back the second night and cause more damage is difficult to comprehend.
“The golf course is an important social outlet for the community and for our visitors especially at this time of the year. A lot of work has been done by our club president, captains and treasurer to get the course ready for the summer and to see what happened is sickening and disheartening for all involved,” he said.
The course is located on the Keel Sandybanks which is open to the general public at all times. The four holes damaged were the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th and while they have been repaired Alan said that it will take time for them to be back to normal and will cost a lot of money to do so. He added that despite the damage the course remains open to play. The Achill gardaí were informed and anyone with any information is asked to contact them.Golf booklet

2107 Achill-GC-booklet 200Meanwhile, the printing of the Achill Golf Club competition fixture booklet in the blue and navy of Dublin GAA caused a bit of a stir on social media over the weekend.
The new club captain Jim Quigley is a Dublin native and decided to put the county colours on the cover of the booklet and since it’s publication it has been widely shared on What’s App groups particularly in the capital.
Alan explained that both the men’s and ladies captains of the club are Dubs as are a number of their members.
“It was done as a bit of craic and some saw the funny side - while others didn’t! A number of our members are Dubs and Jim has been a member for nearly ten years and has done a lot for the club in that time. It was only a bit of craic but we didn’t think it would go as viral as it did,” he said.