Laois International Golf Challenge launched

Pictured at the launch of the  Laois International Golf Challenge , at The Heritage Golf &Spa Resort , Killenard , were ( l. to r.) Brian Fingleton ( Bank of Ireland , Portlaoise ) , Pauline Mc.Evoy ( Downtown ) , Ken Molloy ( Bank of Ireland . portlaoise ) and Niamh Kavanagh ( Downtown ) .       Photo:Michael Scully - no reproduction fee .
The 2015 Laois International Golf Challenge was officially launched on Thursday, February 26 in the clubhouse in Killenard by Irish Professional golfer Gary Murphy.

The 2015 Laois International Golf Challenge was officially launched on Thursday, February 26 in the clubhouse in Killenard by Irish Professional golfer Gary Murphy.

A large crowd of people gathered for the event including representatives from the golf clubs in Laois, golfers, representatives from the business sector and the Vintners Associations.

This year the challenge will include the Smurfit Course at the K Club in Kildare on Monday May 18, Mountrath Golf Club on Tuesday May 19, Rathdowney Golf Club on May 20 and the final will take place on Thursday, May 21 in Killenard.

MC for the evening was Laois’ native and RTE Sports Presenter Justin Treacy. Cllr John Joe Fennelly, Cathoirleach of Laois County Council, said he was delighted that the competition had lasted so long and was looking forward to the many visitors returning to Laois to play golf and get to see the county over the week. He acknowledged the work that the Golf Challenge Committee do every year to continue to host this event, and also thanked his colleges the elected members of Laois County Council for their ongoing support.

Tom Treacy, Chairman of International Golf Challenge Committee, thanked the sponsors of the event ‘Daybreak’, part of the Musgrave Group, and Dwoneys Auto Stop Portlaoise, sponsors of the Hole in One prize on the final day.

Anna Marie Delaney also acknowledged the work of the Committee and the support of the golf clubs in the county over the years.

“County Promotion and the promotion of such events like these are important ingredients in showcasing all that Laois has to offer,” she commented.

Each year a range of festivals and events are planned and supported through the Tourism section and this event is now one of the major one’s in the calendar year.

This will be the 11th year that this Challenge will take place in Laois, and every year it has gone from strength to strength.

Each year visitors from Europe, the UK, Wales and Northern Ireland come back to participate in the event which has proven to be a great holiday for visitors while taking part in a very competitive competition for golfers.

It is a fourball, betterball competition, any combination, and appeals to golfers and golfing societies from all over Europe. There are prizes each day and overall prizes for the winners. There is also entertainment organised in the evenings so it is a great social outing.

This year the final day is being sponsored by Downey’s Autostop and as an extra incentive for golfers, a prize of a Ford Ecosport Car worth €23,000 will be presented for the first hole in one on the 4th hole in Killenard Golf Course for the qualifiers to the final.

For golfers who cannot participate in the 4 day Challenge, there are individual days available on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The entry fee for 2015 is €125 (Stg£100) per person and this includes four days golf and invites to the Prize Giving ceremony in the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort at Killenard. It promises to be an excellent week with great entertainment.

For a copy of the Golf Challenge Brochure or for more details, please contact the Tourism Officer, Laois County Council, on 00353 (0) 57 86 64218 or email: or visit the website or