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Embracing change Royal Dublin 'looking inwards' after Portmarnock decision to end men-only rule, says senior Golf Ireland figure

Welcoming Portmarnock’s decision to end its men-only policy after 127 years, Anne McCormack of the Golf Ireland said it was a positive step for women’s golf in Ireland.

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Portmarnock Golf Club, Dublin

Portmarnock Golf Club, Dublin

Portmarnock Golf Club, Dublin

A senior figure at Golf Ireland said she has “no doubt” that Royal Dublin golf club will be “looking inwardly” following the decision by Portmarnock to open to women members. The club currently has no women members.

Welcoming Portmarnock’s decision to end its men-only policy after 127 years, Anne McCormack of the Golf Ireland said it was a positive step for women’s golf in Ireland.

“They made that change themselves, and I think it’s a really positive step forward and we’re looking forward to seeing how it rolls out with them,” she told Morning Ireland. 

“I think in fairness to Portmarnock, we’ve helped them in the past with the legacy unions run family days. I think they are very open to this.

Obviously with the overwhelming vote in favour of it, of course they’re going to be making steps and hopefully Golf Ireland will be in a position to support them with that.

“We have a number of initiatives. We’ve learned a lot about how to encourage women into the game through participation programmes.

“But equally, hearing their voices on management committees. With this vote, Portmarnock are wanting this change and hopefully are going to fully embrace it as well.

“And I think with Portmarnock leading this change themselves, I have no doubt that Royal Dublin will be looking inwardly and having a look.”

McCormack said that in recent years, Ireland had been actively encouraging women to take up the sport.

“The important thing here is for any clubs that we are encouraging, we internally need to be doing our part, which can be seen through our signing up of the women in golf charter.

Nearly 200 golf clubs have signed up to our commitment to inspire change. The initiatives enable more women and girls to flourish and to maximise their potential at all levels of the sport.”

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