A shotgun start at 2.00pm on the golf course was preceded by alumni enjoying lunch at Powerscourt Golf Club. As the day commenced, the registration area was a hive of activity, with score cards being secured, goody bags collected and teams identified. Luckily the weather was on our side and, apart from a light shower at the very start of the day, the rain held off, much to the delight of the golfers.
Soon the magnificent East Course was alive with the sound of swooshing drives and crisp irons as the four ball competition got under way. This championship course proved a testing and rewarding challenge for all levels of golfers due to its contoured and undulating greens.
In the meantime, those opting for the tapas cookery lesson were brought to the acclaimed Ballyknocken Cookery School run by Catherine Fulvio who is a favourite on TV3. On arrival, the alumni were brought to the state of the art cooking facility where old acquaintances formed teams to work together to create a gourmet meal for the entire group. As the wine flowed, the “chefs” ran around the kitchen following Catherine’s recipes. The jovial atmosphere really encouraged everyone to interact and mingle while picking up many easy tips in cooking the traditional Spanish food. Once the food was ready, the group retired to the hay barn where they enjoyed a buffet of the fruits of their labour and a well deserved glass of wine.
As evening fell, the cooks returned to Powerscourt and were just in time to see the first of the weary golfers making their way back to the club house. Soon everyone was enjoying the drinks reception until dinner was served. Ruaidhri Gibbons got proceedings underway by outlining the success of recent Alumni events and highlighting the upcoming events later in the year.
Then it was on to more serious issues like which golf team had won the coveted first place. The lucky team consisted of Fred Crowe, Patrick Spain, James Wyse and Colin Doherty. When dinner drew to a close, alumni continued to mingle and catch up on old times.
Special thanks to Powerscourt Golf Club and Ballyknocken Cookery School for all their help in hosting the event. Also, many thanks to Kieran Wallace, partner in charge of KPMG’s Alumni, and Rachel Gaffey and Anna Callaghan for organising the event.