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The late, great PJ remembered

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PJ Luddy golf memorial. Past and present members of St. Brendan’s College played the annual PJ Luddy memorial golf tournament in Beaufort Golf Club this week. PJ. taught English and Travel and Tourism in the College from the late 1970s until 2008. This is the 11th year of the competition and 12 staff members took part this year. Paul Kelliher was the winner this year with 38 points. Jamie McBride and Paul Kelliher (back row from left), Hugh Rudden, Denis O’Donoghue, Jim O’Brien, Arthur Fitzgerald, Pat Lucid, Trevor Nagle, Mary O’Gorman, Jason Arthur, Mike Leahy and Kieran Herlihy

PJ Luddy golf memorial. Past and present members of St. Brendan’s College played the annual PJ Luddy memorial golf tournament in Beaufort Golf Club this week. PJ. taught English and Travel and Tourism in the College from the late 1970s until 2008. This is the 11th year of the competition and 12 staff members took part this year. Paul Kelliher was the winner this year with 38 points. Jamie McBride and Paul Kelliher (back row from left), Hugh Rudden, Denis O’Donoghue, Jim O’Brien, Arthur Fitzgerald, Pat Lucid, Trevor Nagle, Mary O’Gorman, Jason Arthur, Mike Leahy and Kieran Herlihy

PJ Luddy golf memorial. Past and present members of St. Brendan’s College played the annual PJ Luddy memorial golf tournament in Beaufort Golf Club this week. PJ. taught English and Travel and Tourism in the College from the late 1970s until 2008. This is the 11th year of the competition and 12 staff members took part this year. Paul Kelliher was the winner this year with 38 points. Jamie McBride and Paul Kelliher (back row from left), Hugh Rudden, Denis O’Donoghue, Jim O’Brien, Arthur Fitzgerald, Pat Lucid, Trevor Nagle, Mary O’Gorman, Jason Arthur, Mike Leahy and Kieran Herlihy

It's over 10 years since he passed away but it is a measure of how highly the late, great PJ Luddy was thought of that his former friends and colleagues at St Brendan's College came out once more to honour his memory.

And as anyone who knew PJ, a resident of Tralee, would have known, he was a tad sports mad with golfing in particular a favourite of the former St Brendan's teacher who passed away in 2008.

With this in mind, last week saw a dozen or so colleagues and friends of PJ grabbing their clubs and taking part in the annual PJ Luddy Golf Memorial Cup at Beaufort Golf Club last week.

Speaking about the success of the event, Paul Kelliher said that PJ was much loved by all those that knew him and that the day was a great success all round.

"PJ died in 2008 and he was with us here in St Brendan's for 30 years so when he died, we said that we wanted to come together because he was a fine sports man himself - he was a centre back and a keen golfer to boot - and so this is what we've done every year with this golf tournament," said Paul on Monday.

"Basically every year, we get past and present members of staff from St Brendan's together and we just go out and we have a golf tournament in PJ's name. It's not a huge thing by any stretch but it's just a nice and simple way for us to be able to remember PJ," he finished.

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