Golf Classic raises incredible amount for Offaly Autism Centre

A total of 37 teams battled it out for some unbelievable prizes

Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly Express Reporter


Golf Classic raises incredible amount for Offaly Autism Centre

GUI winners of the Pallas Autism Centre, Gortnamona NS golf classic held on the 28th of September in Esker hills. John Boland, Ciaran Boland, Brian Lowry (organiser), Rob Tormey and Colin McKenna.

A recent Golf Classic and monster raffle yielded a massive success with over €10,000 being raised for the Pallas Autism Centre in Gortnamona National School, Blueball.

On Friday, September 28, 37 teams took part in the four ball team event in Esker Hills Golf Club and it proved to be a massive success.

With time sheet full from 8.30am until dusk, golf enthusiasts were competing for a first prize of a round of golf for four on the prestigious Ryder Cup course in the K Club.

With prizes for GUI and Non GUI on the day along with the nearest the pin and longest drive, there were no shortage of prizes.

Scoring was impressive with the Non GUI winners returning 109 points while the main GUI section saw a winning score of 107 points signed for.

With the weather akin to a Summer's day and a Burger bar on the 12th hole, players were treated to an excellent day out while supporting a great cause.

The Pallas Centre is a super facility that helps some amazing young kids who are on the Autism Spectrum and provides them a learning environment that gives them the best chance to thrive.

When talking about children with a lot of complex needs, services and various equipment are always in high demand and all money raised from this venture will be put directly into the children in the Pallas Centre and also those within the mainstream school that have special education needs.

Following the golf classic, the there was the presentation of prizes and monster raffle in the Blueball pub that night and like the golf classic itself, the social night also drew a huge crowd.

Organiser of the event and a parent of a child that attends the Pallas Autism centre Brian Lowry commented.

“We had so many sponsors on the day from the golf classic prizes, tee box sponsors, raffle prizes, food. We are indebted to all the people who contributed and to those who took place in the golf classic and bought a raffle ticket.

“Starting out with the planning a few months ago we would have been happy to make 5,000 euro but the event grew legs and with so much sponsorship, we had very few outgoings to pay out.

“The money will make a massive difference to the children and I can't thank everyone enough. Esker Hills, Joe Lawless in the Blueball pub, our sponsors, the parents association committee in the school, principal John Healy and again to everyone who contributed. It was a massive success that I'm proud to have been involved in”.



1st. Colin McKenna, John Boland, Ciaran Boland and Rob Tormey. K Club 4 ball on Ryder Cup course – Sponsor Shane Lowry.

2nd. Stephen Ryan SNR, Stephen Ryan jnr, Jerry Sheehan and Declan Ryan. Mount Julliet 4 ball – Sponsor Phil O'Reilly, Tullamore.

3rd. Damien Cassidy, Mick Egan, Richard Cowman and Gerry McCarthy. Carton House 4 ball – Sponsor Ciaran Stewart, Supermacs Tullamore.

4th. Ray Spain, Gerry Dwyer, Sean Aherne and Jimmy Beatty. Heritage Killenard 4 ball – Sponsor Shamrocks GAA Club.


1st. Kieran Lowry, Barney North, Garry Kelly and Kevin Kelly. Tulfarris Golf resort 4 ball – Sponsor Coffey Electrical.

2nd. Martin Doolin, Tony Fitzgerald, Paul Wynne and Michael Mockler. Esker Hills 4 ball – Sponsor Esker Hills.

3rd. Ger Dunican, Eamon Dempsey, David Cox, Ger Buckley. 4 Titliest Umbrellas – Sponsor Nissan Ireland.

Longest Drive: Liam Lonergan – sleeves of Titliest pro v golf balls -Sponsor – Nissan Ireland

Nearest the pin: Sean Larkin – €50 Colgan sports voucher – Sponsor Coffey Electrical.

13th hole hit the green competition: Joe Troy – 4 ball on Ryder Cup course in K Club – Sponsor Tommy and Josephine Murray, Straffan.