Lady Captain Eileen Kearns (Demo)


Rossmore Ladies   11th  January  2016

The new Lady Captain has started off the year in great style and with a determination that has to be admired.Eileen Kearns  has come up through the ranks in Rossmore,having been on committee  in the past and now brings all this experience to her current role.Eileen was first introduced to golf in 1996 by Joe McVeigh and his wife Mary.She then met two very friendly ladies, Madge Coyle and Mary Cully,who took Eileen out on the course and became her mentors in that first year. Thus her interest and passion for golf and for her club began.

Eileen took to golf readily and she progressed rapidly and dropped shots quickly. 1999 was a memorable year for her,winning the John McNally Cup and the Junior Rossmore Cup. This was crowned by winning the prestigious  Lady Captain’s Prize in Kathleen Dawson’s captaincy  year. As a result Eileen competed in  the All Ireland Captain’s Prize Winner Competition, which took place in Roscrea in September  that year. As one of five finalists she then went to Portugal to play in the final competition. Eileen put Rossmore  and our lady players on the map when she won this trophy in April 2000. Following on this achievement, Eileen enjoyed playing interclub golf and was a member of  what we now know as the Challenge  Cup team. She has some very fond memories of this time and especially of the many friends she made.

Committee duties began in 2001 under the Captaincy of Madge Coyle when Eileen took on the important role of Treasurer.She diligently continued in this post for the next  four  years.She served in this role for a further two years at a later time.

This year promises to be an eventful  year in the history of  Rossmore Club. Our lady Captain is well prepared for the demands and ready for the prominent position she holds.No doubt her enthusiasm and commitment will bring all our members on board .The warmth and support for Eileen has  already been  seen in the great turnout for her Drive In on new Year’s Day. Eileen possesses great people skills and has the ability to get things done . Someone recently remarked that  it is difficult to say no to her  when she asks in such a pleasant way and with a great smile.Eileen is grateful that our ex officio,Patricia McDermott,afforded her this opportunity when she asked her to be her Vice Captain. Speaking  recently about her thoughts on this year, she is very aware of how busy it will be not least as she has ambitious plans and continues to work full time. She feels that  it is an honour to be in this position.We all wish this lovely lady every success in her captaincy year and we look forward to a busy golfing and social calendar as our Centenary celebrations  get underway.