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After 29 years St Anne's Golf Classic draws to a close

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t Anne’s Golf Committee was established 29 years ago to help raise the necessary additional funding for St Anne’s, Roscrea where the Sisters of The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary were actively involved in the provision of education and care for children and young adults of varying disabilities throughout the Mid-West region for the past fifty years.

The care consisted of Residential and Day Service in addition to education and training in their Special School in the grounds of St Anne’s. The Service was originally Roscrea centred but with an ever increasing demand services, Residential Houses and Day Services were established in surrounding towns such as Nenagh, Birr, Thurles, Templemore, Borrisokane, Shinrone, Moneygall and Cloughjordan. The main funding for these services came from the Departments of Health and later the HSE but there was always a need for additional funding to complete many projects for the Service to enhance the lives of the Service Users.

Various committees such as the “Friends of St Anne’s” had worked tirelessly over many years raising additional funding in running Field Days, Christmas Bazaars, Church Gate Collections and other events and later the Golf Classic proved to be a valuable source of revenue and a very popular golf outing over the last twenty nine years. This event was always well supported by golfing enthusiasts not only from Roscrea and surrounding Golf Clubs and others from as far away as Dublin.

The Golf Classic was like most other golf outings where effort, laughter and craic abounded. Golf shots went out of bounds, putts were missed and many a time favourite teams such as that captained by Joe Dooley, the Golfer and Chairman of our committee, with an amalgamation of Roscrea and Nenagh players, was occasionally pipped at the post.

With the retirement of the Sisters in recent years in their role as the main service providers for the past fifty years, the Daughters of Charity of Disability Support Services took over the duty of care and welfare for Service Users throughout North Tipperary and the East Midland region. Indeed it is now time to say a sincere thanks to the sisters, staff and volunteers for their dedication, love and care during all those years. Parents acknowledge that they are deeply indebted for such devoted service and care.

Finally as the curtain comes down on the golf outing with the retirement of the current committee they and past committee members wish to thank the people of Roscrea and surrounding towns and parishes for all your loyal support and generosity in the past which will hopefully continue over future years.

A special thanks to all our sponsors and golfers who made the Golf Classic so successful and to the Roscrea Golf Club for the use of their facilities over the 29 years.

The Golf Committee: Joe Dooley – Chairman, John Ryan, Martin Slattery, Martin Donnellan, Aidan Moloney, Joe Warren, Peter Kiely and Leo Dooley.

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