Pa Fla’s Celebration

Paddy O’Flaherty’s daughters Grainne and Deirdre did him proud in organising his surprise 90th birthday celebrations at the clubhouse last Friday evening. There was a competition run in his honour the previous week and beautiful engraved glassware was presented to the winners Veronica McGorman 35 points c/b and Roisin Kerr. The gent’s prizes went to Gerard O’Callaghan 44 and Gareth Beattie 43. The funds raised from the Pa Fla competition will be donated to the 3 T’s charity, Turning The Tide against suicide. Each prize winner had their own special story of how Pa Fla had helped them improve their game with his advice and tips which usually involved a 7 iron! Pa Fla’s extended family were in attendance to witness the respect and admiration for Pa. One of his protégées Doli Maguire recited a great verse which started “when we first met, way back when, you were 50 and I was 10!” to great amusement of the gathered well-wishers. To recognise the contribution and dedication to the game, Clones Golf Club have renamed The Scratch Cup in Pa Fla’s honour and it will be known now as the Paddy O’Flaherty Cup. Captain Gerry Traynor and Lady Captain Rosita McCabe along with Club Secretary Paddy McKeown all voiced their own admiration at Pa Fla’s achievements over the years and wished him a very happy 90th Birthday.