Wednesday 22 November 2017

An end to the all-male club is desirable, but must be voluntary

The infamous sign in Sandycove.
The infamous sign in Sandycove.
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

In the days when she was regarded as a radical political voice, Bernadette Devlin (later to become McAliskey) used to say: "There'll be no riotin' in the golf clubs!"

Bernadette's prediction was that there would be no revolutionary movements among the genteel middle classes moving with tranquility between the bunkers. Even in Northern Ireland, riotin' was never going to happen around the 19th hole.

She was right for her time, but it seems that a certain kind of revolution has now caught up with golf links – and with swimming locations such as the Forty Foot pool in Sandycove, Co Dublin.

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