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History of Macroom Golf Club Founded 1925

Transcript of the minutes of a meeting on the 16th October 1925

As a result of a specially convened meeting of the Macroom Castle Demesne Committee, the following statement was made by the Chairman, Mr R C Williams on the 16th October 1925. This is the statement as reported in the Cork Examiner of the day.

Gentlemen, in accordance with the wishes of several members of our Committee, I propose to make a statement setting forth in detail the manner in which the Castle Demesne was acquired, and how it came to be vested in the present Committee.

Towards the end of 1923 or the beginning of 1924, some residents of the town approached me and asked me to write to Mr Ellis, Lady Ardilaun’s agent, asking if he would rent the Castle grounds for a golf links, and at what rent. At that time the Castle had been burned and the demesne was, to a great extent, derelict, while no little amount of destruction was being done, and no revenue was being obtained from the lands.

Mr Ellis wrote back offering the demesne for the purposes of a golf links at £80 a year. A further letter was written to Mr Ellis pointing out that the laying out of a links would involve big expenditure, and a club would be slow to take the risk of that without a lease of say 20 or 30 year. Mr Ellis informed us that such a lease would be agreed to. It then came to our knowledge that Lady Ardilaun had no intention of rebuilding the castle, and in the circumstances, we thought it possible that she might sell the demesne at a fair price. The few who were behind the movement saw what a tremendous asset it would be from every point of view for the town. They desired to write to Mr Ellis asking if her Ladyship would entertain any proposal for the sale of the property. In answer to that, Mr Stephens, Lady Ardilaun’s legal representative in Dublin wrote stating that Lady Ardilaun would be willing to meet us at a date of be fixed to discuss the matter.

An interview having been arranged, myself and Mr Jerh. O’Leary went to Dublin to endeavour to effect a purchase if possible. As we approached the house of Lady Ardilaun in Stepen’s Green, Mr O’Leary suggested it would be better that I should interview her Ladyship alone, since it would give me a freer hand, I said “just as you like” and I went alone, I met her Ladyship and Mr Stephens, and after she had made enquiries about all the old residents she knew and remembered, the matter of the estate was mentioned.