The Golfing Union of Ireland 1891-1991

A beautiful and fitting tribute to the first hundred years of the World’s first golfing union as it guides you through the history and development of golf in Ireland by a person who witnessed much of the second half-century at close quarters. An absolute essential book for any golfing library. All the more poignant as 2021, one hundred and thirty after its foundation, ushers in a new governing body, Golf Ireland, as the ILGU and GUI create their own union to secure a healthy future for golf on this island.

“William A. (Bill) Menton, a solicitor by profession, was the first General Secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland from 1949 to 1983.”

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Although not detracting from the book please note it has the following hand written notes:

Inside page: “A very interesting and absorbing book that faithfully chronicles the first century of magnificent men, matches and moments of Irish Golf”

Contents page: “19 Team Groups  /  233 Historic Photos including 52 in colour.”

William Menton’s “The Golfing Union of Ireland 1891-1991” is a comprehensive and meticulously researched work that offers a deep dive into the history and development of golf in Ireland. As the first General Secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland, Menton brings a unique insider’s perspective to the narrative, having witnessed much of the second half-century of the union’s history firsthand.

The book is not just a dry account of administrative proceedings; it is a vibrant chronicle of the growth of golf from its earliest days to the modern era. It details the establishment of clubs and the evolution of the sport within the context of Irish society and culture. The author’s tenure as Secretary for over three decades allows him to provide a detailed and personal recount of the events that shaped the sport in Ireland.

What makes this book particularly poignant is its timing. Published as the Golfing Union of Ireland approached its centenary, it also coincided with the formation of a new governing body, Golf Ireland, marking a significant transition in the administration of the sport. This gives the book an additional layer of significance as it captures the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter.

Overall, “The Golfing Union of Ireland 1891-1991” is an essential addition to any golfing library, offering not just historical facts but also a heartfelt tribute to the sport’s legacy in Ireland. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the history of golf.

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Menton, William A.

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Irish Interest

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