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The Dublin team played nine matches to reach this pinnacle, and Holland was the only man to play in all nine.

The Dublin team played nine matches to reach this pinnacle, and Holland was the only man to play in all nine.

The Dublin team played nine matches to reach this pinnacle, and Holland was the only man to play in all nine.

THE Castle finally became kings of Irish golf -- after a 99-year wait.

And when the Irish Senior Cup was hoisted in triumph by team captain Harry Gleeson at Kinsale, strong men shed some tears.

Castle had a team of heroes as they defeated Warrenpoint in the final, but 21-year-old Daniel Holland deserves a special mention.

The Dublin team played nine matches to reach this pinnacle, and Holland was the only man to play in all nine.

Better than that, he had a 100pc record, ending the campaign in style by clinching a win by two holes in his crucial match against Warrenpoint's Ryan Gribben in the final.

Holland rounded off the year in style, striking a stunning 80-yard wedge shot on the par-five 18th at Kinsale, landing the ball six feet from the flag.

Gribben, nephew of former Walker Cup winner Paddy Gribben, who also played in the final, was through the green in three.

He played a chip with a rescue club from rough at the back of the green, but needed to hole it. Once the ball ran past, Gribben conceded the hole and the match.

That concession was music to the ears of Holland -- literally! He revealed that he hums to himself to help him relax on the course, and coming down the 18th, his song of choice was 'Kings and Queens' by 30 Seconds to Mars.

"I listen to music, it's probably my favourite thing of all to keep me calm. I keep a song in my head and I just kept humming a tune to myself all day," Holland explained.

Former Down All-Ireland winner Conor Deegan won his match and also helped inspire the Castle team.

Deegan, who beat David Barron to put Castle's first point on the board, holds the lowest handicap of any golfer in Ireland (plus 5) and was beaming afterwards.

"To say ecstatic is not even close. I've been very lucky to have been in All-Ireland finals playing football but it's very different. We have a very tight-knit club here and we've had tremendous support all week," he said.

Proud

Harry Gleeson -- who captained Castle's 2003 Jimmy Bruen Shield-winning crew -- was justifiably proud of his team of Deegan, Holland, his son Alex, James Hanby and Jack Walsh.

Meanwhile, Ulster's Killymoon captured the Jimmy Bruen Shield at the expense of Roscommon, winning a hard-fought match 3-2.

This has been a remarkable year for Killymoon, who won their first Ulster pennant since the club became a founder member of the GUI in 1891, and have now made history by bringing home a national title.

Brian Gogarty, the playing team captain, said: "When we kicked off in May, I never thought we would be all-Ireland champions. It's surreal. This means everything for the club."

Club president Tom Doonan played on the team which had an age spread of over 50 years.

Irish Independent