Sunday 22 April 2018

Gerry O'Brien will be sadly missed

OUR condolences are offered to the family and friends of Gerry O'Brien, past president of the GUI, who departed for the heavenly fairways on Monday.

A graduate of Belvedere College in Dublin, Gerry became involved in the Leinster Branch, rising to the position of honorary treasurer in 1980 to 1981 and branch chairman from 1982 to 1985.

In 1987, he succeeded Connacht's Michael Hennelly as president of the union.

Three years later, Gerry became the GUI's full-time honorary secretary, a position he held until retirement from GUI life in February 2005.

Gerry, who held the office of captain in his home club Clontarf in 1972, also served as president in 1992 and 1993.

Though he once got down to three handicap, Gerry played most of his successful golf off four.

The highlight of his competitive golfing career was winning the Lord Mayor's Cup at his beloved Clontarf in 1976.

A gregarious and larger-than-life figure, Gerry made a major contribution to amateur golf in this country and he will be sadly missed.

Funeral details: Removal to Chapel of Blessed Margaret Ball, Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, today at 6.0. Funeral Mass tomorrow at 10.0.

May he rest in peace.

Irish Independent

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