Magee, Henry J.

Born. Co. Antrim c. 1873

Married Eliza a native of Greenore, County Louth in 1898 and had four children: Rosey, Winnie, Lila and Eileen at the time of the 1911 Census.

Henry Magee was a professional at Portrush in 1895 when he entered for the first professional golf competition played in Ireland at that club but was beaten by Hugh Kirkcaldy in the first round. In 1896 George L. Baillie took him on at Greenore for a one month trial and it is believed he was kept on as a professional at the club until c. 1906.

In 1899 he entered the professional championship at Portmarnock which followed the Irish Amateur championship as a Greenore representative. In 1902 (20-22 May) he repesented Greenore Golf Club in a professional tournament played there however didn’t qualify for the matchplay stages which were eventually won by James Braid who had beaten Vardon and Herd en route.

A very rare Bramble ball of H.J. Magee’s included as a lot in the Sportsbilia Auction in May 2009

By 1907 he had taken up an appointment with Bundoran Golf Club and it is from this club that he entered the inaugural Irish Professional Championship held in 1907.

In 1908 ( reference included in “Irish Golfer’s Guide 1910”) he had taken up a position as professional at Foxrock G.C. and resided at No. 17 Galloping Green, North (Stillorgan) according to the 1911 Census.

H.J. Magee
Professional Golfer and Golf Club Manufacturer
FOXROCK, Co. Dublin
25 Years Practical Experience. Special Irons, “Pipe”
Brand Drives (sic) and Brassey.

Porter’s Office Guide 1911 (Extract)¹

In September 1912 the Irish Times noted that Henry was looking for a position as a professional and noted Bundoran, Foxrock and Gorey as previous positions held. At this stage he was living in Dundara, Blackrock, County Dublin.

Magee was a professional at Carlow Golf Club between 1922-23 and married for second time 1916. Eventually died in Carlow in 1942.


  • ¹Foxrock Golf Club 1893-1993
  • A Century of Golf At Carlow From Gotham to Deerpark 1899-1999