Ed’s Blog from the Bog: lucky I didn’t need my Japanese friend to sort this Mayo-Kerry battle

Ed’s Blog from the Bog: lucky I didn’t need my Japanese friend to sort this Mayo-Kerry battle

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Author: Joe/Sunday, August 27, 2017/Categories: Golf

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                                            Ed's Blog from the Bog 

Cead mile, mile failte, a hundred thousand welcomes to this week's blog which comes to you from beautiful Blacksod on the wild Atlantic way. It has been quite a week for sport here in Ireland with the gallant warriors of Mayo and Kerry fighting out a dramatic draw in a match for the ages, in Croke Park (update: we Mayo boys sorted you out in the end).

                                  A Duel for Jim and Me 

Yes, indeed the Kerry v Mayo saga has thrown up a fascinating side show. My guide, Jim Doyle, is probably the most famous Kerry supporter in Ireland, while I have more than a passing (not the ball) interest in the Mayo team.

Hence the daily "conflict" between golfer and guide. God only knows where it will all end. However, I might ask our wonderful friend, Kyoichi Sugiyama, in Japan to adjudicate.

                                O Rahilly Storms to Victory at Gowran 

Anybody who reads this blog will know that I have always believed Paul O Rahilly to be one of the most talented golfers in the World of blind golf. Paul's success at the recent British Open came as no surprise to his many admirers.

However, his success at last Friday’s, Gowran Park Classic, where he spread-eagled the entire opposition and romped home with a fabulous 38 pts, in difficult conditions, was one of his finest. The Category 2 laurels rested where they belonged.

                                The Roode and O Rahilly Show

Yes, indeed it really was the Roode and O Rahilly show at Gowran Park, where the irrepressible 5th African, showed admirable patience and awesome ability to navigate the wet underfoot conditions, and come away with the Category 1 laurels. Wally's success at the Irish Open has seen him back to top form again, and his 35 points at Gowran Park, was another step on his return to the top echelons of blind golf.

                                   Adrian and Darragh Excel 

There's something about bad weather which brings out the best in our chairman, Adrian Downey. The Clondalkin Colossus and legendary Dublin hurling star has enthralled many with his displays on the hurling fields of Ireland, and he is gradually doing the very same on the golf courses of Ireland. His 2nd place finish in Cat 1, showed that his great performance, against Alan Morgan, in this year's Celtic Cup was no flash in the pan. And what can we say about Darragh Stakelum? Darragh is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, but the Thurles Tornado has added a steeliness to his golf that has seen him succeed at the Irish Open, and the fanatical Tipperary supporter 

put in another fabulous performance to snatch 2nd place by a single point, in Cat 2, from Philip Bond another one of our golfers who has improved enormously and who was also successful at the Irish Open.

                               They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait 

The above quotation could well have described your captain's performance last Friday. The weather and a very sore hip, is my excuse, but I should say that Dombey’s John O Grady, outhit and outplayed me for the 14 holes that 

I survived, and John’s 25 points were a wonderful achievement on such an awful day. Paul Mc Cormack endured another difficult day, but our British Open champion, showed great spunk to come home with 27 shaving not hit a golf ball for four weeks. It's great to see the doughty Donegal man at so many of our classics. However, I was disappointed when Paul turned down my offer to manage the Donegal team. The way I made the offer may have put him off as I said, “Sure Paul a blind man would do a better job, with that Donegal team".  Sorry about that Paul. 

                                   Patrick Jnr's Great Effort in Canada

Well done to Patrick Morgan Jnr and his dad Pat, for representing us so well at the Canadian Open, in Hamilton, Ontario. Patrick had two very good rounds over a course rated the 2nd most difficult in Canada, but did not get into the prizes on this occasion. However, the good news is that Patrick androphilia Bond, Adrian Downey, Paul O Rahilly, Carol Brill and our guides will be leading an invasion of Austria, when we all head to Vienna in mid-September. Karin Becker will be looking after us and we hope to land at least a podium finish.

                                        Captain's day at Royal Tara - Fri, Sept 22nd

Yes, indeed captain's day is only around the corner, and this year's event will once again be at Royal Tara Gini the royal county of Meath. We always get a great, big Cead mile failte from John O Byrne and the wonderful committee at Royal Tara. The tournament will kick off at 11.00am and dinner will be at 6.00pm. It will be an honour and a privilege to welcome all of you.

               Well it's time for me to say slan agus beannacht until the next time. Hope to see you all at Royal Tara. And a big hello to all our friends around the world receiving our blog.

Your Captain,

Ed Maguire




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