Last week we had the pleasure to launch our newest release, A History of Women's Golf in Ireland by Ivan Morris, to celebrate the approaching 125th anniversary of the Irish Ladies Golf Union. The beautiful backdrop to the event was provided by Milltown Golf Club — a place that, if you don't play golf, makes you feel like you're really missing out on something.
The first to speak was Vonnie Noonan, ILGU's president, the ideal figure to explain what the ILGU is, and has achieved, since its foundation in 1893. 'On this occasion I would like to congratulate the author, Ivan, on producing such a brilliant piece of work ... You really must have read every available written word about women's golf since the 1800s,' she said. Commenting on the book, she added: 'The initial chapters are not only factual and illuminating, but they are amusing and full of philosophy and good advice as to why every woman should play the game of golf.'
Ivan Morris's speech showed how dedicated he has been to writing this book, and how passionately he worked on it: 'I'm eternally grateful to have been asked to write such an important and historic book, and how that came about I've no idea, but I'm very happy that it did, because it was a fascinating project that quickly became a labour of love.'
'It has always been clear to me that a woman could be just as committed and dedicated to golf as any man', he said. 'Golf suits females because it is a technical, graceful and skillful game that does not rely on brute strenght.'
A History of Women's Golf in Ireland is not only valuable for the fascinating stories it recounts. Ivan pointed out how he's particularly proud of the records he managed to meticulously retrieve and report in his work: 'Because this book is about the achievements of generations of great women golfers, I had to troll through a mountain of club histories and newspaper archives. I was regularly thrilled to read about their exploits, and I hope you will be too.'
You can pre-order a copy of A History of Women's Golf in Ireland at this link.