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Munster Final of the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup

24 August, 2017
Vice Chair of Specsavers Ireland Kerril Hickey with CEO of NCBI Chris White
Vice Chair of Specsavers Ireland Kerril Hickey with CEO of NCBI Chris White

The NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup is in full swing and is coming to Killarney Golf Club on Sunday, 20 August, where finalists from a number of Munster golf clubs will tee off to compete for the chance to play in St Andrew’s Scotland and win the prestigious trophy.

Two-year sponsorship

Specsavers recently announced a partnership with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, which will include a two-year sponsorship deal and fundraising of at least €30,000.

Provincial finals

Over the past four months, the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup has seen GUI-affiliated golf courses across the country hold qualifying tournaments from local to county level. Now, these winners will compete in the provincial finals to compete for a place at the final.

The four provincial winners will play at the final, which is hosted at the world-renowned St Andrew’s Links in Scotland. Specsavers Munster stores are strongly encouraging locals to show their support next week and cheer on their provincial representatives!

Raise awareness

Speaking about Specsavers partnership with the NCBI, chairperson for Specsavers Ireland, Sinead Clohessy, stated: ‘We are proud to support the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, which is the perfect partner for Specsavers. There are currently over 51,000 people in Ireland living with blindness and vision impairment and this figure is rising.

As many as 75% of all cases are preventable so we are joining forces with NCBI to help educate people about the importance of regular eye tests. I would encourage local golfers of all levels to swing into action and participate in the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup to raise awareness, raise vital funds and have some fun.’

All-island competition

The national all-island competition was founded in 1932 and is the longest running and largest charity golf tournament in Ireland. The money raised goes directly to fund the NCBI’s life-enhancing services, which help over 8,000 people with sight loss as well their families.

CEO of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland Chris White added: ‘The NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup is Ireland’s longest running charity golf competition and is 85 years old this year. We are delighted to have Specsavers on board as a charity partner for the next two years.’

Not-for-profit charitable organisation

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that provides a variety of services to enable the rising number of people living with sight loss and vision impairment to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society. Services include emotional support to the individual experiencing loss of vision and to their families, advice and information on all aspects of vision loss as well as practical support and solutions to the challenges encountered.

Nenagh Golf Club (Tipperary), Woodstock Golf Club (Clare), Cahir Park Golf Club (Tipperary), Ennis Golf Club (Clare), Berhaven Golf Club (Cork), Fota Island Golf Club (Cork), Castletroy Golf Club (Limerick), Monkstown Golf Club (Cork), Castlegregory Golf Club (Kerry), Castlerosse Golf Club (Kerry), Macroom Golf Club (Cork) will tee off on Sunday, 20 August from 2.30pm.

To sign up to the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup please call (01) 882 1939 or visit here.

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