Exciting News for Donaghadee Golf Club
Mr Ralph McNally takes over the Catering Franchise from 1st November 2017
Having worked internationally for the past 10 years freelancing his skills to businesses in mainland UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, France, Malta to mention a few, Ralph has decided to steer away from the freelancing and travel to return home permanently with his wife and two young children.
Ralph’s philosophy about food has not changed over the years, only the ideas/recipes get re-invented, Ralph feels very strongly that with catering there is neither a right or wrong approach, but believes very much in the freedom and intuition of the individual. Playing by ear as it is, he prefers not to follow recipes that he has not created, and relies on his own creative process to allow him to serve up a unique result.
With Ralph’s on hands style of catering, the key word is “Harmony” with traditional and classical values mixed with contemporary and even avant garde theme.
Using fresh produce selected only by himself, Ralph relies on seasons for local produce and not suppliers, but as he clearly admits, with today’s cosmopolitan world and its speedy logistics of produce, it almost makes the words ‘out of season’ “Out of Season”.
ALEX EASTON CONGRATULATES ULSTER CUP TEAM
Our local MLA, Alex Easton, choose to mark the success of our winning Ulster Cup team by welcoming them to Parliament Buildings at Stormont on Thursday evening, 19th October 2017. Alex was on hand at the entrance security to personally welcome each member of the party before handing over to Micky the guide for the occasion who give a very informative tour of the buildings including both chambers. To conclude the evening Alex then give an overview of his own political career and spent some time answering any questions posed to the satisfaction of all. The team responded to both Alex and Micky with a well-deserved round of applause. A very enjoyable evening and a very suitable way to mark the occasion of the teams remarkable achievement and our special thanks go to Alex Easton (no stranger to the club on entertainment evenings) for arranging the event.
Ulster U16’s Boys Championship
Some of the brightest golfing talent in Ireland will compete for the Ulster Under-16 Boys’ Open Championship at Donaghadee on 22nd and 23rd June. At the launch of the tournament today, Eamonn O’Connor, Chairman of the Ulster Branch of the Golfing Union of Ireland, revealed that entries had come from all over Ireland and beyond. He said “This is a very popular competition among young golfers from all over Ireland and beyond. Last year two-thirds of those competing were playing off a handicap of 6 or better and we expect another high quality field this year, especially given the fact that last year’s championship was so successful. Entries are already being received and will close on 25th May.” Continuing he paid tribute to the hard work and commitment shown by those competing, their families and clubs in getting them to this standard, “Playing off a low handicap at any age is testament to a lot of practice and hard work, all the more so when it is achieved by someone under the age of 16. The Golfing Union of Ireland places a very high priority on the development of golf among young people and we are delighted that the competition is being hosted for a second year by Donaghadee which has a long standing and well-deserved reputation for promoting youth golf.”
Robin Crothers, Captain of Donaghadee Golf Club, is looking forward to the competition. He said “We are very pleased to be hosting this very popular competition again this year, and we look forward to welcoming competitors from all over Ireland and beyond. Last year the course, although only 6,200 yards long, proved to be no pushover, with John Brady, Rosslare G.C, playing off +2, shooting 73 and 72, 3 over par, narrowly winning by one shot. All those competing this year can rest assured that the course will be presented at its very best, with greens among the finest in the province.”
Ards and North Down Borough Council has supported the championship with a grant towards practice facilities and some publicity material. Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Deborah Girvan, said “The Council is proud to host such a prestigious event in the borough. The Club has worked hard to make the championship a memorable occasion for all those competing and spectating. The Council is, of course, delighted to support these efforts with some financial assistance. As Mayor, I am much looking forward to welcoming visitors to Donaghadee. I understand that the vast majority of those competing have travelled considerable distances and I very much hope that they will enjoy what the area has to offer.”