The Late Liam Quigley

On the morning of Thursday 24th January a wave of sadness enveloped the club and surrounding area as telephone calls and texts communicated the message that Liam Quigley was dead.  The first reaction from everybody was one of disbelief and for many it was days later before the grim reality began to sink in. Forgive the cliché but Liam really was a larger than life character and whether it was on the course, in the clubhouse or at committee meetings he always made an impact, a fact that makes the suddenness of his death so difficult to comprehend. Liam joined the club in the early eighties and was immediately smitten by the golfing bug.  Shortly after joining he was elected to the Council and has played an important role in club affairs ever since.  He served the club as Captain, President and as the convener of many important sub-committees. He assumed the office of Captaincy in 1991, at a time when the club was embarking on a major development plan.  He was in the forefront of moving this plan forward and as an advocate of moving to eighteen holes played an important role in negotiating the purchase of the land required for an additional nine holes from Mr. Madden. He was also heavily involved in the development of the new nine holes and worked closely on the design with the architect Mr. Spring.  When the new holes came into play he took on the job of convener of the Greens Committee and the club were lucky to have somebody of his calibre to take on this onerous task at that time as the transition from 9 to 18 holes presented numerous problems.  Many of the decisions were controversial but Liam would implement them assiduously and woe betide any person whom he perceived to be uttering negative comments on the development or obstructing progress in any way. During the past two years, after his term as President, he stepped back but returned to the committee this year with renewed vigour and was looking forward to working with his good friend and present Captain, Gerard Kelly during the centenary year. Liam was also a keen and very competitive golfer and enjoyed nothing more than a tightly contested four-ball for a small wager with his friends.  Along with Kevin Hickey he was a founder member of the local Golf Society from which he drew immense joy and satisfaction.  He relished the outings at home and always looked forward to the trips abroad to Spain and the Algarve. His involvement with the group was such that he more than likely would remain as President for life.  Prior to the Society he organised a group to play for several years in the Winter League in Murvagh. Those were joyful occasions where he would regale his companions with tales and anecdotes on the long journey there and particularly while socialising on an even longer journey home! His passing has now left a void in the lives of all those who were privileged to have known him.  He will be sorely missed by everybody but in particular by the love of his life, Gay.  To her, to his sons Donal and Daragh and to the extended Quigley family the members of Clones Golf Club extend sincere sympathy

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