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A Golfer’s Pilgrimage to the courses of Ireland

Jim chronicles his two month clockwise journey, with his non-playing wife Harriet, around the island of Ireland from Lahinch to Ballybunion in 1995. He would pass away twenty years later in 2015 leaving a lasting legacy to the spirit and literature of a game for which he had an insatiable appetite and abiding passion. A member of the Philadelphia Country Club and Pine Valley he went on the pen the history of the latter and his magnus opus, A Centennial Tribute to Golf in Philadelphia: The Champions and the Championships, the Clubs and the Courses, would be a seminal work for golf historians. Philadelphia would prove to be a State which many of the Irish golfing diaspora would gravitate to towards the turn of the twentieth century.

This book is the first in the trilogy of books which was published in the same year as his magnus opus and, while it was discounted for sale at in every book shop in Ireland at the time, when you look at it now you realise what a little gem of a book it was and a lasting testament to his knowledge of golf, his audience and his mastery of language.

Mr. Finegan was nothing less than the embodiment of all that is great about a game that captures so many of us. Michael Bamberger [Golf.com]



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Finegan, James W.


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Irish Interest



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