At the launch of the Club Iarmhí Golf Classic, from left, Kieran Martin, Mark Mullen (O'Brien's Renault), Kevin Maguire, Sheila Cassidy (Lady Captain, Mullingar Golf Club), Kieran O'Brien (O'Brien's Renault), Andrew Maslin (Men's Captain, Mullingar Golf Club) Tommy Doyle, and Cormac Boyle.

Club Iarmhí launches annual golf classic

Club Iarmhí - the Westmeath GAA supporters group - launched its annual golf classic at O'Brien's Renault showroom in Mullingar on Thursday evening last.

This year’s classic is once again sponsored by O’Brien’s Renault and takes place at Mullingar Golf Club on Friday, July 5. O’Brien’s Renault, the longest-serving Renault dealership in Ireland, has become synonymous with Westmeath GAA through its sponsorship of inter-county teams.

Secretary Vincent Maguire said that Club Iarmhí is "sincerely grateful" to O'Brien's Renault for their generous sponsorship of the event.

"O'Brien's Renault have been hugely supportive of Westmeath GAA and our inter-county teams," he said.

Vincent also thanked all who attended the launch on Thursday, including Westmeath inter-county stars Kevin Maguire, Kieran Martin, Tommy Doyle and Cormac Boyle, Mullingar Golf Club captains Andrew Maslin and Sheila Cassidy, Club Iarmhí members and members of the county board.

Entry fee for a team of four is €400, which includes a meal at the end of the round, and a burger at the halfway point. To enter, contact Paul Daly (086 8314388), Des Maguire or any member of the Club Iarmhí committee.

Support for Tommy Doyle's volunteer trip to Kenya

A donation of €1,000 was made to Westmeath hurler Tommy 'Jogger' Doyle at the launch of the golf classic. The donation came from the proceeds of the half-time draw at the recent football championship game against Galway.

Tommy will be one of 50 inter-county players, past and present, who are travelling to Kenya in November to take part in the Plant the Planet Games. The players are raising hundreds of thousands of euro as they aim to plant one million trees to tackle the devastating effects of climate change and raise awareness of the work of Self Help Africa.

Self Help Africa’s mission is to alleviate hunger, poverty, social inequality and the impact of climate change. They do that through community-led, market based and enterprise focused approaches to agricultural development, ensuring that people have access to nutritious food, decent income and employment and clean water and basic services, all while sustaining natural resources.

This is the third year of the Plant the Planet Games. Last year, over €500,000 was raised by inter-county players in support of the event, with one million trees being planted. It has been described by many of the players who travelled in 2023 as “life-changing”.