Barney Hennessy Memorial Golf Society

Captains Dinner 2012.  10TH Anniversary

The 2012 Captain, Raymond Hennessy, great grandson of Barney Hennessy went to great lengths to make sure that the 10th Anniversary of our golf society would be a day and night to remember, and it was.  The competition was again played at  Carlow Golf Club on Saturday June 16th.  The course was as usual playing at its best, a real championship track.  We had a good day on the weather front, probably one of the few days in the year that golf could be played.

All the competitors had the Captain's prize on their mind, it being the 10th Anniversary.  It came as no surprise that our winner was a man with a proven track record in this event having the bridesmaid tag on two previous occasions.  Councillor Walter Lacey was the man of the day with the winning score of 36 pts. just ahead of Bernard Shelley with 35pts.  The Champion of Champions prize was won by Walter Hennessy.

Captain Raymond presented Walter with a magnificent portrait of Barney Hennessy, it was the first time I had the pleasure  of seeing Walter stuck for words. The Captain did himself and his family proud with the effort he put into the day to ensure it was worthy of a 10th Anniversary.  Raymond sprung the surprise of the night, when he presented an Album with A4 portraits of each of the Captain's prize winners to the incoming captain Thomas Hennessy, son of Tom and Clare.  Thomas our captain for 2013 will update the same album before handing on to the 2014 Captain and so the chain will continue hopefully until I can no longer type this or understand what I am doing.

Thinking that Raymond had no more surprises, he had. The gasps of awe and admiration were audible to say the least when he produced and presented each and every member of our society with a commemorative medallion of the 10th Anniversary.  Raymond, you did yourself proud, well done and Thank You from all the members.

The dinner was a great success, and we can thank Thomas our incoming captain for his input, (he has a leg of the chef at Carlow G.C.).  It was great to see so many teenagers at the dinner, our future lies with them and from the numbers playing we are in good hands.  A great night of entertainment followed which went on into the early hours of Sunday morning.  

Best of luck for next year Thomas.

Captain's Prize 2011

Carlow Golf Club was again host to our 2011 Captain's Prize (John J Hennessy "Siúcra").  Our society outing took place on September 24th and we were fortunate to have good weather to compliment a great day's golf.
The day was warm and sunny but a strong wind made scoring difficult for some of us, not so for our members who returned the winning scores.

The Captain's Prize and the Barney Hennessy Memorial Cup was won by one of our young rising stars John Hennessy a great score of 38pts.  Congratulations John from all of us, John is great great grandson of Barney and grandson of Sean Hennessy who attended the prize giving dinner and we were delighted to see him there.  

In 2nd place  was Conor Hennessy followed by Martin Lacey in 3rd.

This year we introduced a Champion of Champions Prize for past winners of the Captain's Prize and the winner was Jimmy Hayden who also won the long drive, well done Jimmy.  Nearest the pin on the 17th hole was Keith Brennan, well done Keith.  Niall Quinlan had the best back nine, I had the pleasure of playing with him and I am sure we have a golf star in the making.

Our society outings have always been well organised by Thos. Hennessy and well done again on this years gathering.  Thos had the difficult chore of re-organising the day which was to be held earlier in the year, but owing to the sudden and untimely death of our dear friend, cousin, uncle, Ber Hennessy (ar dheis de go raibh a ainm) we postponed until Sept.  Ber is father to Raymond and brother of our founder member Tom Hennessy and also to Dermot who lives in the UK   Ber is sadly missed by all and we miss seeing him at our annual outing dinner.  Our sympathy to all his family, his wife Lena, son Raymond, daughters Katherine and Jane, his sisters Mary, Joan and Catherine.

The Barney Hennessy Memorial Golf Society going forward looks set to have a long lasting future judging by the number of young men who played and those who attended our prize giving dinner, great to see so many young members.

Our thanks to all the staff at Carlow Golf Club for helping to make our day.  Next year is our 10th Anniversary and we ask if you have any ideas for such to contact us.

Captain's Prize 2010

The 2010 Captains (Sean Begley) Prize was again played at Carlow Golf Club on the Deerpark Course, on the 19th June.

Weather again was very favourable and showed Carlow at its best, thanks to ground staff for a great layout.

The society had another great turnout, which ensured we had, what was probably the highest scoring competition to date.  A few of the society members must have been happy with their cards when they finished, but the winner with a great score of 43pts was leaving cert student

Jamie Lawler a son of Patsy Hennessy and greatgrandson of Barney.

In 2nd place also with an excellent score of 42pts, was another greatgrandson, P.J.O'Neill.

more to follow!!!! 

Captain's Prize 2009  


This years 2009 Captain's (John Joe Hennessy) Prize was played at Carlow Golf Club on 20th June.

As usual a good turnout, and plenty of good golf played on a very difficult course with very punishing 'first cut rough' if you missed the fairway. The course as usual was in excellent condition and we were blessed with wonderful weather.

John Joe Hennessy aka black John Joe was deputising for the 2009 Captain Sean Begley who was abroad on holidays, John Joe was elected as the 2010 Captain.

A wonderful evening meal was had at Carlow Golf Club with presentation of the Captain's Prize.

The 2009 winner was student Adam Hennessy (12), greatgrandson of Barney, with a great score of 40 pts. 

In 2nd place was emerging star Keith Brennan on 38pts.

Councillor Walter Lacey (14) on 36pts was 3rd.

Teddy Ffrench (4) was 4th with a brilliant 36 pts.

Trevor Lawlor was 5th on 35 pts.

And retired Garda Bernard Shelley on 34 pts ended in 6th place.

Captain John Joe was at his best with his stories of times past, jokes and plently of wit that we come to expect from him.

Last year's Captain 2008, Bernard Hennessy aka red Ber celebrated his 66th Birthday on the night.

A great crack was had after the meal with plenty of musical talent on show as one would expect from the Hennessy clan.

A special mention to Shane Hennessy, son of Walter for his guitar skills, surprised even our best musicians, well done Shane, looking forward to next year to hear more.


Captain's Prize 2008


This years 2008 Captain's prize was played at Carlow Golf Club at a later date than normal due to the original date being washed out with very heavy rainfalls which caused the course to close.

However a big group arrived at Carlow Golf Club in the early afternoon and the 2008 Captain Bernard Hennessy aka red Ber celebrated his 65th Birthday with plenty of help from our members.

The Captain's Prize 2008 Bernard Hennessy, was played in Carlow in October.  As usual a great turnout with 36 golfers and 50 plus for the Captain's Dinner.

The golf was hot on the day to say the least, great scores on a difficult track, the winner came as no surprise because we heard he "was grazing on the course" he was out so often practising, well done Martin.

The 2008 winner was well known local musician Martin Lacey greatgrandson of Barney and emulating the win by his brother Luke in 2007. Martin shot 42 pts.

In 2nd place was Martin's brother Councillor Walter Lacey with what looked an unbeatable 40 pts.

2007-2008 proved to be great years for the Laceys, all greatgrandsons of Barney.

The evening celebration went on long into the night with our usual array of talent on show.  Another wonderful year for our Society and thanks to all our wonderful musicians and singers.

Captain's Prize 2007


The 2007 Captain's Prize was played at Kilkea Castle Golf Club, in the magnificent surroundings of Kilkea Castle, built in 1180 and is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland.

The 2007 Captain, Walter Hennessy, along with the committee organised a great day.  The weather was perfect for good golf, and the course did not disappoint, plenty of the holes offering a serious challenge, with the beautiful 16th ending many dreams.

The evening got off to a great start with a great dinner menu and a few wines etc. The sing song started at about 10.30 pm and two min-buses were phoned for at about 5 am the following morning to bring us home to Carlow, a great night again.

Walter Hennessy's Captain's Prize was won by Inspector Luke Lacey a greatgrandson of Barney Hennessy.

More to follow !!!!






Catain's Prize 2006


The 2006 outing was held in Carlow Golf Club and another large group of our Society golfers gathered to try and win the coveted Captai's Prize.

The weather nor the course did not disappoint and our 2006 Captain Edward Ffrench was delighted with the turnout.

The course played to its' championship reputation and did not yield even to our best shots.

Three players ended on 37 pts, Walter Lacey. Luke Lacey and John Joe Hennessy aka black John Joe.

John Joe won on the back nine.

Results for 2006 Captain Edward Ffrench's Prize.

In 1st place on 37 pts John Joe Hennessy grandson of Barney

Councillor Walter Lacey was 2nd also on 37pts

Luke Lacey 3rd on 37 pts

Captain Edward Ffrench was 4th with 36 pts.

The committee organised a Karaoke for the evenings entertainment and after a wonderful dinner and presentation of prizes we settled in for what proved to a night to remember.

The highlight of the night was the wonderful singing of our President Mikey Hennessy, no stranger to the world of entertainment, he excelled himself on the night, if only we all could play golf to the same level as Mikey's musical talent (dream on boys).

Another captain's dinner over and one to remember, thank you all.

Captain's Prize 2005


This year 2005 we made the short 10 mile journey to the Kilkea Castle Golf Course to honour our 2005 Captain Thomas Hennessy aka red Tom.

A huge turnout as one would expect to respect our Society Co-founder Tom.

A lovely golf course, beautiful weather, all the ingrediants for a good days golf, and we had.

The competition was keenly contested, scores were close and well kept secrets.

Our Captain's Dinner was held back in Carlow Golf Club, and as usual a beautiful meal prepared for us, well done again to Chef and staff.

The presentation of prizes followed the meal and the following were our prize winners for 2005.

1st place on 39 pts schoolteacher Dale Hennessy greatgrandson of Barney

2nd place went to Bernard Hennessy Jnr.(red Ber's son) on 38 pts.

Toss Hennessy was 3rd also on 38 pts.

Ber Hennessy aka red Ber finished in 4th spot on 37 pts.

Our winner Dale was absent for the presentation of the Cup, and his father John J was only too delighted to receive the trophy on his behalf, (because if his golf does not improve, it is the only way he will get to handle the trophy, except for bringing it to Bramleys to pay for Dale's inscription).

Dale arrived at the club at around going home time, so now we had an excuse to stay a bit longer and celebrate, Dale did fill the Cup, and celebrations went on until about 5am.

Another good year, and thanks to all who organised the day, the night time after dinner seems to organise itself and everybody plays their part.

Thanks to all, looking forward to 2006.



Captain's Prize 2004


The second year of our Society and another great turnout of keen golfers in Carlow Golf Club, to contest the 2004 Captain Barney Hennessy's Prize.  Our Captain Barney, grandson and namesake of the great Barney himself.

Last year's Captain Mikey Hennessy is now our President and he holds this title for life.

This years battle of the golfers was as expected, with all our members eager to get their name on the Cup.  The committee in their wisdom and with the blessing of all members, passed a rule, if a member wins the Cup, they can never win it again.  This is a sensible rule, as it gives all our golfers the chance to compete with the better golfer in our Society, of which we are blessed to have many single figure golfers in our midst.

Carlow Golf Club as usual played tough, miss the fairway - start counting ! but the course was challenged by a few, and they returned the scores, good enough to win the Cup and Captain Barney's Prize.

The winner of the 2004 Captain's Prize was Walter Hennessy, son of our President Mikey, and grandson of Barney. Walter runs his own business, HENNESSY MUSIC DISTRIBUTERS LIMITED, (a little plug, Walter !).

In second place, last years winner Jimmy Hayden, even carrying a penalty for winning last year, well done.

The presentation was made to the winners after an excellent meal in Carlow G.C.  Well done to the Chef and staff.  Our Captain Barney made all the necessary compliments to the course staff etc.

A great evening of entertainment was had by all, with plenty of talent, both playing and singing.  We are so lucky in our Society to have such musical talent.   I would like to single out a member who made a great effort to be here tonight, coming direct from a show in the Burlington Hotel where he entertained a full house - Paul Hennessy Tenor - -  known all over Ireland and abroad, what a joy to listen to, and best of all we get to hear him for free.  Thanks to all for a wonderful day, and many, many, more to come.



Captain's Prize Winners

2012 Walter Lacey

2011 John Hennessy

2010 Jamie Lawler

2009 Adam Hennessy

2008 Martin Lacey

2007 Luke Lacey

2006 John Joe Hennessy

2005 Dale Hennessy

2004 Walter Hennessy

2003 Jimmy Hayden

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