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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Vintage performance by 79-year-old Falvey inspires Malahide

Malahide’s Maire Falvey with her team-mates (from left) Vanessa McCann, Aisling McMahon, Niamh Clarke, Orla McMahon, Louise Lynch and Louise Young after Malahide Ladies’ victory in the Challenge Cup at the AIG Ladies Cups & Shields All Ireland Finals at Malone Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman
Malahide’s Maire Falvey with her team-mates (from left) Vanessa McCann, Aisling McMahon, Niamh Clarke, Orla McMahon, Louise Lynch and Louise Young after Malahide Ladies’ victory in the Challenge Cup at the AIG Ladies Cups & Shields All Ireland Finals at Malone Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Brian Keogh

Malahide's Máire Falvey proved that age is no barrier to success as she remained unbeaten to help the Dublin club celebrate their 125th anniversary with victory in the AIG Challenge Cup.

Munster golf claimed four of the six titles in the AIG Ladies Cups and Shields Finals at Malone in Belfast with Killarney, Cahir Park and Limerick joining Lee Valley as All-Ireland champions.

As Galway club Portumna denied Munster a fifth title by beating Ballykisteen in the AIG Junior Foursomes final, 79-year-old Falvey was one of the heroines for Malahide as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Fintona in the Challenge Cup.

Winner of her third All-Ireland Mother and Daughter Foursomes title at Donabate in July, she made it 2-0 for Malahide with a 5 and 4 win over Fanchea Donnelly before Louise Young clinched the winning point.

There was no joy for Munster golf in the AIG Junior Foursomes as Portumna beat Ballykisteen 2.5 to 0.5 thanks to wins for Mary McElroy and Mary Madden, and Mary and Brid Kelly. The rest of the titles headed south.

Following Lee Valley's 4-1 win over Mountbellew in the AIG Minor Cup final last Friday, Killarney added the AIG Senior Foursomes title to the All-Ireland Senior Cup pennant they claimed in August with a 2-1 win over Roscommon in one of two finals suspended on Friday due to darkness.

Killarney's Eimear O'Donnell and Amy Arthur, and Roscommon's Paula Quinn and Rosemary O'Brien resumed hostilities on the 21st at 10am on Saturday with O'Donnell holing a five-footer for par to give the Kerry club the title.

It took even longer to decide the AIG Intermediate Cup final, with Carton House's Ann McQuillan and Cahir Park's Patricia Browne still deadlocked after 22 holes in the decisive match when bad light stopped play.

In the end, the Tipperary club claimed their first All-Ireland pennant when Browne hit a spectacular bunker shot almost stone dead on the 23rd to secure a 3-2 win.

There was more glory for Munster in the AIG Junior Cup as Limerick beat Athenry 4-1 to consign their defeat of two years ago to history.

Wins for Emma Guinnane, Fiona McGann and Siobhan Conway in the top three matches secured the title, and Lady Captain Ailish Dilger insisted their defeat of 2015 was a blessing in disguise.

She said: "Losing two years ago to Enniscorthy was very deflating, but now we're back with three U-19s on the team, and the support from the club has been amazing. We're very proud."

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