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RIP John O'Leary

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  • Registered Users Posts: 814 ✭✭✭ paulos53


    Video here of the conclusion of his Irish Open win


    https://www.rte.ie/archives/2017/0705/887967-golf-irish-open-has-irish-winner/


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,318 ✭✭✭✭ FixdePitchmark


    paulos53 wrote: »

    Fantastic footage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,092 ✭✭✭ The Tetrarch


    RIP
    I think his childhood home was on Temple Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin, near the Temple Hill junction.
    When I was in Zambia for two years in the late 1970s the locals remembered him well for his hair and colourful clothes.
    O'Leary must have played there (all the Irish pros did) but I do not see it on his Wiki page.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,374 ✭✭✭ downthemiddle


    paulos53 wrote: »

    I was there up the tree behind the 18th. Great character. RIP.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,530 ✭✭✭ RoadRunner


    paulos53 wrote: »

    That's cool. Would love to watch some of those old irish opens right through!

    Mad, last hole at portmarnock 412yards? Oleary Drive and a 2iron the other guy drive and 4iron :eek:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,092 ✭✭✭ The Tetrarch


    A big drive from a pro back in the day was 250 yards.
    Very few club golfers could hit it 200 yards although they all said they did.


  • Registered Users Posts: 617 ✭✭✭ Dtoffee


    Very sad news, I knew John about 50 years ago when he was at his colourful best ;). He loved the game and was a great ambassador for Irish Golf at a time when we had very little input into the European Tour. I'm sure the members of Foxrock GC and Delgany GC will mark his passing.



    May he rest in peace


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 704 BoldReason


    Great character of Irish Golf in the early days of the European tour.

    RIP


  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭ patob


    Nice to hear the memories of John here. I remember him from the Irish Opens in Portmarnock, notably as a snappy dresser and the big curly hair. Did he spend some years in South Africa. I have the RTE VHS from his 1982 Irish Open win. RIP John.


  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭ patob


    Interesting bio of John in the Examiner.

    O’Leary took up golf aged 12 when on a family holiday to Butlin’s, at Mosney, Co Meath, and by 15 was down to scratch.

    Anyone remember golf lessons at Mosney?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,541 ✭✭✭✭ PARlance


    patob wrote: »
    Interesting bio of John in the Examiner.

    O’Leary took up golf aged 12 when on a family holiday to Butlin’s, at Mosney, Co Meath, and by 15 was down to scratch.

    Anyone remember golf lessons at Mosney?

    Crazy golf and pitch and putt iirc. When they say took it up, I imagine they mean got a taste for it rather than a lesson.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,536 ✭✭✭✭ coylemj


    He was a director of the European Tour for more than 30 years, they have a nice tribute to him on their website ...
    He had joined his former mentor John Jacobs – regarded as the founding father of the European Tour – on the Board of Directors in 1985, having previously chaired the Tournament Players Committee during his playing career. He sat in his last Board meeting in March 2019

    https://www.europeantour.com/european-tour/news/articles/detail/john-o-leary-1949-2020/


  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭ patob


    PARlance wrote: »
    Crazy golf and pitch and putt iirc. When they say took it up, I imagine they mean got a taste for it rather than a lesson.

    Probably right, think there may have been a pitch and putt course there.


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