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Bernard Gibbons Honoured at 2015 Golfer’s Guide to Ireland Awards Ceremony

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jan 28, 2015 10:17:56 AM

Bernard Gibbons Honoured at Golfer’s Guide to Ireland Awards Ceremony

Powerscourt Golf Club Manager Bernard Gibbons was recognised in the golf industry this week at the Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards Night 2015 which took place on Monday evening at the Druid’s Glen Resort in Wicklow. Bernard was presented with a plaque to acknowledge his outstanding service in the golf industry by Golfer’s Guide editor Paddy McCarthy ahead of Bernard’s upcoming retirement from Powerscourt Golf Club. Everyone at the event enjoyed speeches about Bernard’s golfing career over the past 50 years.

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Paddy Mc Carthy from The Golfer's Guide to Ireland presents Bernard Gibbons (Manager, Powerscourt Golf Club) with a plaque to acknowledge his outstanding service to the golf industry.

With nearly 50 years’ experience in the golf industry, Bernard has enjoyed a wide and varied career since beginning as an apprentice to the legendary John Jacobs at age 15 at the driving range in Leopardstown Race Course. His numerous roles have included Golf Professional, RTÉ golf pundit and commentator, Chairman of the Golf Course Owners Association and board member of the Special Olympics Committee. He has been at the helm of Powerscourt for the past 17 years since the golf club opened in 1997.

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Pictured at the Golfer's Guide to Ireland 2015 Awards are L-R Eamonn D’Arcy (Former Ryder Cup Player), Matt Sands (General Manager, Cork Golf Club) Mary Mitchell-O’Connor (TD, Fine Gael) andBernard Gibbons (General Manager, Powerscourt Golf Club)

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Wicklow Golf Courses among Winners of ‘European Golf Destination of the Year’

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Nov 4, 2014 2:15:34 PM

Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance has been announced as European Golf Destination of the Year in the annual golf industry “Oscars”, the IAGTO Awards. Members of Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance include Wicklow Golf Clubs, Powerscourt and Druid’s Glen.

More than 540 golf tour operators in 62 countries, all members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) voted Dublin East Coast as the European Golf Destination of the Year in the 2015 IAGTO Awards. The Award recognises the greatest achievements of golf destinations and golf resorts in terms of the experience they deliver to travelling golfers and the professionalism with which the destination and local industry work with golf tour operators.

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This prestigious award was presented to Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance Director Aine Mangan at the IAGTO Awards Gala Dinner in Lake Como Italy on Thursday 30th October 2014 on the final night of the International Golf Travel Market.

“It is a great honour to accept this award and a wonderful recognition for the region from the world’s leading golf tour operators” said Mangan. “Dublin East Coast is home to some of the finest parkland and links courses and resorts all within easy access of Dublin International airport and the many attractions our capital city has to offer. Our aim is to consistently provide a great golf experience and warm welcome to our visitors to Ireland.”

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Simon Gregory, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said: “Congratulations to Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance on being named European Golf Destination of the Year for 2015. This is a tremendous honour for the clubs working to promote this part of Ireland – and the superb golf on offer here. The fact that 540 golf tour operators in 62 countries voted for Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance is testament to the superb experience these clubs offer international golfers.

“Ireland has some of the greatest golf courses in the world – so it is wonderful to see them recognised by IAGTO in this way. No doubt this latest accolade for Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance will help to remind golf enthusiasts about our world-class golf, helping to boost golf tourism in 2015 and beyond – to the Dublin East Coast region and indeed, elsewhere around the island.”

Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance is a co-operative marketing group that was established in 2010 to promote Ireland’s Dublin East Coast region as a destination of choice for the golf tourist. By joining forces and working together, this has given a stronger impact internationally and helped explore more international markets. Members of this marketing group include Carton House, Druids Glen, Mount Juliet, Powerscourt, The Island Golf Club and The K Club. DECGA represents this region overseas at over 25 events on an annual basis and coordinates familiarisation trips for journalists, operators and Ambassadors to Ireland.

This region has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments, including the esteemed Irish and European Opens, the Seve Trophy as well as the Ryder Cup in 2006. Dublin East Coast not only has great golf courses but also world-class hotels, restaurants, bars attractions and hospitality and, indeed, most recently its very own Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley.

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Bernard Gibbons Scoops “Golf Manager of the Year Award”

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 23, 2014 12:37:58 PM

Powerscourt Golf Club Manager Bernard Gibbons was recognised in the golf industry this week by being awarded the prestigious 2014 “IGTOA Golf Manager of the Year” award. The annual Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) awards ceremony took place in Knockranny House Westport, with guests including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ryder Cup hero Christy O’Connor Jnr.

Sarah Slazenger Managing Director of Powerscourt Golf Club said of the award "Bernard is an exceptional man as well as an exceptional manager. At Powerscourt we have known for 17 years about his great ability. It is therefore only appropriate that this year Powerscourt has been chosen as Best Parkland Venue and Bernard has been chosen as Golf Manager of the Year. I congratulate Bernard on this special honour."

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Bernard Gibbons (General Manager, Powerscourt Golf Club), accepting his award from Shane O’Donoghue (Host of "Living Golf" on CNN)

With nearly 50 years’ experience in the golf industry, Bernard has enjoyed a wide and varied career since beginning as an apprentice to the legendary John Jacobs at age 15 at the driving range in Leopardstown Race Course. His numerous roles have included Golf Professional, RTÉ golf pundit and commentator, Chairman of the Golf Course Owners Association and board member of the Special Olympics Committee. He has been at the helm of Powerscourt for the past 17 years since the golf club opened in 1997.

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Bernard Gibbons (General Manager, Powerscourt Golf Club), Denis Kane (Chairman of the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association)

At the reception Bernard said “From the time I started my golfing career I always wanted to be at the top, whether it was playing the game, teaching, or administration; this award has achieved that for me. I am honoured to have been chosen as Golf Manager of the year, and thank all those who have helped me achieve this honour.”

Some highlights during Bernard’s career at Powerscourt include hosting prestigious tournaments such as the 1998 Irish PGA Championship, won by Padraig Harrington, the 2001 Irish Seniors Open and the 2012 PGA Southern Championship. It has been the venue of choice for many of the Mens’ and Ladies Golfing Unions of Ireland events, as well as the popular annual Powerscourt PGA PRO AM. In 2014, the Golfer’s Guide to Ireland rated Powerscourt ‘Best Parkland Venue in Ireland.’ Powerscourt Golf Club is a member of the East Coast Golf Alliance.

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