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Kieran Flanagan, Bray Golf Club manager James Murphy, and Jackie McKenna on Monday morning

Kieran Flanagan, Bray Golf Club manager James Murphy, and Jackie McKenna on Monday morning

Kieran Flanagan, Bray Golf Club manager James Murphy, and Jackie McKenna on Monday morning

Bray Golf Club was just one of the vast majority of clubs across Co. Wicklow that finally saw some action on Monday morning last when Phase 1 of the roadmap for reopening society and business swung into action.

All across the county, golfers got their bags out, threw on the shoes and headed out to the fairways and greens to swing those clubs and welcome back with open arms even the slightest semblance of normality since the lockdown began.

No doubt there was a slight concern or anxiety among the golf clubs in terms of how the guidelines and social distancing rules would work out, but according to Niall Larrigan, Bray Golf Club Captain, things went very well in Bray Golf Club.

'We're very happy with how things went,' said Niall. 'Everybody was very pleased with the way things went and it's looking good for the next three weeks. We think we've got a handle on the thing.

Niall said that everybody was very happy to be back out on the course and that the work of the club's general manager was key to how smoothly things went.

'Very much so. I think it's all down to our general manager, James Murphy.

'He's been there every day since the close down, looking at it from a security point of view as well as preparing for the tee off yesterday.

'He had everything in place in terms of signage and all that stuff.

'He did a fantastic job. It's all very clear, you couldn't possibly go wrong when you go up there. Everything is laid out and clear, plenty of emails and correspondence so the members are in no doubt what their responsibilities are. Everything is going like clockwork.

'The time of the year; if ever there is a good time to play (golf), it's now. The timing is good. Everybody was straining at the leash to get going. It was a countdown.

'Everything you see on the news, shops opening, and all that, it's fantastic to see, all of that stuff, whether it's shop openings or sporting activities, we've moved on another step,' he added.

Niall and Bray Golf Club Ladies Captain Maura O'Neill were both at the club on Monday morning to witness the reopening.

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