Emotional scenes as Heraty helps Castle end long wait for glory
ILGU chief executive Sinead Heraty helped Castle capture their first All-Ireland title in the AIG Insurance Senior Foursomes – just three years after her battle with breast cancer.
The Rathfarnham club beat Mallow 2.5 to 0.5 in the final at Knightsbrook, with Heraty, a member of the Castle for 32 years, clearly emotional at the finish as former international Aedin Murphy and her partner Martha Jones secured the winning point.
“We’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve been waiting a long time,” said the Longford native, who won all three matches she played with her partner Sally-Anne Lenehan during the title run.
“This year was the first time we ever won the East Leinster finals. We qualified in last spot in Newlands and we knocked Royal Tara out by a shot. It’s unbelievable, it really is.”
Heraty and Lenehan’s 6&5 win over Ber Clarson and Carmel Kearney in the final sent Castle on their way before Murphy and Jones clinched the title in the back match with a 5&3 success over Susan Curtin and Catherine Roche.
Having been diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and come through that ordeal, it was a major achievement for Heraty to clinch a title with her club.
“To be back to full health and to be back at this level, it is brilliant,” she said. “That’s all behind me and now I have an All-Ireland medal and a title to defend.”
In the Intermediate Cup final, former Irish rugby international Laura Guest helped Lee Valley to a 4-1 win over Malahide.
“It’s a bit different here,” said Guest. “I absolutely love the golf. I’m just lucky that we were here and lucky that we played well. It’s only really this last year that I’ve spent a bit of time playing, I never really had time before.”
The K Club captured the Minor Cup when Noirin Donovan survived an emotional rollercoaster to claim the winning point on the 19th in a 4-1 win over Portumna.
“It was the tightest, scariest thing I’ve ever been involved in,” said team captain Mary Merrins. “I can’t believe it’s over and that we won, it was so tight. It’s been wonderful, it’ll be one hell of a party.”
Limerick beat Athenry 3-2 and will meet Enniscorthy, who were 4-1 winners over Lurgan, in today’s Junior Cup final.
In the Junior Foursomes, Bearna beat Lee Valley 2-1 and will take on Powerscourt, who were 2.5 to 0.5 winners over Malone, while Mount Juliet try to deny East Cork a second AIG Insurance Challenge Cup title in three years following their 4-1 over Rossmore.