Rathcore's bid for Junior Cup takes Lyons' course vision to a new level
A special and enduring feature of golf is that, whatever their primary activity, you'll meet GAA, soccer, racing, rugby folk and many other sports people on a golf course.
Mick Lyons, the former Meath full-back legend, took the typical sportsperson's enthusiasm for the small-ball game to a new level by investing in, and creating, Rathcore Golf Club.
Situated near Enfield, Co Meath, Rathcore has fulfilled the vision of Mick and his cousin Austin, and designer Mel Flanagan, by gaining a reputation as a challenging, interesting, and eminently playable course.
Now, in its tenth year of existence, the Rathcore club has broken new ground by reaching the last eight in Leinster of the AIG Junior Cup for the first time.
Roganstown, another impressive product of the boom times, will provide the opposition for Rathcore at Lisheen Springs on July 26.
In the other quarter-finals, Ardee play Castle; Elm Park meet Rosslare, and Borris play Bray.
Hollystown, owned by showbiz promoter Oliver Barry, is another club with a famous sporting personality in its ranks.
John Giles, a great footballer in his day and RTE soccer panellist, is a past captain of Hollystown, where he plays regularly.
Giles will no doubt take a keen interest in the progress of Hollystown, who have reached the semi-finals of the AIB Pierce Purcell Shield.
Coolattin will take on Hollystown, while Elmgreen play Tullamore in the other semi-final with both matches taking place at Lisheen Springs on July 27.
The AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield is moving towards a climax in Ulster and Connacht. Strabane, one of the four Ulster semi-finalists, has a family link with the teams of 1984 and 2014. Jimmy Roarty was club captain of Strabane when they won the Bruen Shield 30 years ago.
This year, Jimmy's son Senan is the captain, so the Tyrone club members will hope that's a good omen for their bid to reach the final.
Faughan Valley are Strabane's opponents, with Galgorm Castle playing Warrenpoint in the other semi-final.
In Connacht, just like Ulster, the Bruen Shield has reached the last four. Strandhill will host the semi-finals on August 9.
Two intriguing matches are in prospect, with Oughterard playing Tuam, and Strandhill, hoping to benefit from home advantage, facing Castlebar.
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