Volume 4 | January 31st 2021
St. Anne's first 'clubhouse' 1921, the oldest picture in existence of the club's history
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Greetings!

The time has finally arrived, after many years of anticipation and preparation we are now in our Centenary Year.

One thing 2021 has in common with 1921 is that like our founding fathers, we find ourselves in difficult times. St. Anne’s was established during the War of Independence whilst now we fight a different kind of battle against a Virus. Who could have imagined that a pandemic would become part of our Centenary “story”? 

In true St. Anne’s spirit, we will continue to find ways to celebrate our Centenary virtually until we can all get together to properly mark the occasion. To this end, we have included the first of our interviews with various different members and staff. This month we have the pleasure of hearing from Barry and Paddy Walsh, both long standing members, past Captains and Barry is currently a Trustee. I have no doubt you will thoroughly enjoy their stories about our wonderful club. 

Work continues on our celebrations and below you will find an update on what’s been happening in the background.

We look forward to better news regarding our return to golf by the time you get your next Centenary Newsletter, but in the meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the news we have to share with you.

Stay Safe and Stay Fit

Audrey Headon
Centenary Coordinator 
CAPTAINS VIRTUAL DRIVE IN AND LAUNCH OF OUR CENTENARY YEAR 1st JANUARY 2021
I hope that you had the opportunity to view our Captains Drive In which was sent out to you on the 1st January. If you missed it please click on the links below to view their speeches as well as the hoisting of the new flags and the unveiling of our new Centenary stone.

St Anne's Centenary Year Flags and Drive In

St Anne’s Centenary Year Speeches 
Lady Captain Julie Merrey, President Therese Mc Cormack and Captain Leo George Devitt hoist the new flags and launch and our Centenary Year.
The Centenary stone was created by Stephen Bracken whose father crafted our St. Anne’s stone. Lovely piece of family history to see the two stones side by side.
CENTENARY REFLECTIONS IN THE COMPANY OF
BARRY AND PADDY WALSH
We are delighted to present to you the first of our interview series where we ask some of our members and staff some questions about their memories of St. Anne’s GC.

We would like to extend our thanks to their son Matthew for recording their video.

Click on this link to view the interview

TEE BOX SPONSORS
We would like to acknowledge and extend our sincere thanks to the 18 Sponsors of our Tee Boxes. As always, we would ask that, whenever possible, you support our generous sponsors.

1. McHugh Family
2. Searing Point Chartered Accountants
3. PWC
4. Supervalu
5. PeterMark
6. Chris O’Sullivan, Stephen and Catherine Colman
7. Michael Grant Motors
8. Wednesday Sweep
9. Sandra Boucher
10. Trustees Bill Phelan, Eddie Lawless and Barry Walsh
11. DNG
12. Sweeney Sheet Metal Ltd
13. Past Lady Captains
14. Friday Fiddle and Thursday Ladies
15. Glass Centre
16. Denali
17. Newbridge Silverware
18. Astrea Beer
BECOME A FRIEND OF ST. ANNE’S GOLF CLUB
During our Centenary year, we’re inviting members, players and companies to become a ‘Friend’ of St Anne’s. Donations can range from €250 upwards, it is up to the individual or company how much they would like to give. Friends will receive a Certificate from the club plus an exclusive invitation to play in the Friend’s of St Anne’s Golf Tournament. Along with this, companies or private individuals donating to the Friends of St Anne’s programme will be listed and thanked in one our Centenary Newsletters as well as having their names displayed on the St. Anne's website and in the locker rooms for the duration of our Centenary Year. If you prefer donations can also be made anonymously.

To join the programme please contact Audrey Headon on 087 2847067 or email centenary@stanneslinksgolf.com
CENTENARY CAPSULE 
As part of our Centenary celebrations, we plan on burying a time capsule and marking the spot where it has been buried for future generations to unearth.

We would like to involve everyone in deciding what will go into the time capsule. If you have junior members in your family, we are particularly interested to hear what they would suggest putting in it. Perhaps they would like to do a drawing or painting of what they think the Bull Island and St. Anne’s will look like in the future? Maybe you’d like to write a poem or an essay about St. Anne’s? Put your thinking caps on and email your submissions to centenary@stanneslinksgolf.com.

All suggestions will be considered and the people whose submissions are selected for inclusion will be notified.
ST. ANNE’S CENTENARY CHALLENGE 7TH – 10TH SEPTEMBER
January is normally the time of year when we make our holiday plans but Covid19 has once again put a halt to foreign travel for a little while longer.

If, like many of us, you’d like to have something to look forward to why not book a place on our Centenary Challenge which will be played over 4 days (2 rounds in St. Anne’s, 1 in County Louth GC and 1 in Portmarnock Links).

Members receive an €80 discount on all packages.

Full details are below and bookings can be made through Experience Ireland Golf and Travel.
TEL: 00353 64 66 22830
LETTERS OF CONGRULATIONS ON
ST. ANNE'S CENTENARY YEAR
We have received gracious letters from both The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrew's and Creigiau Golf Club Cardiff, congratulating St. Anne's on its Centenary Year.
THE LAST DANCE
Bing Crosby's enjoyable recording of "Straight Down The Middle" from 31/12/1957. The song was written for a short 1948 film called "Honor Caddy" with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. It's thought that this was the first ever song written about golf.