Our new Captain Paul, a native of Portrane, was introduced to the club in 1979, by his late father Jim. He joined the junior ranks as a 12 year old and spent a large part of his youth playing golf, if he wasn’t engaged in hockey or even judo. So he’s not a man to be messed with.
Paul’s devotion to the club is unquestionable. This has been borne out by the many tasks he has undertaken on behalf of the club namely, greens and course maintenance, handicaps, playing for and captaining teams. Most of all helping and advising other committee and club members. When the name Paul Flood is mentioned it is always accompanied by the description – a gentleman.
Paul’s wife Adrienne has also got very strong ties to the club as her late father Donnie O’Connell served as barman in the club for many years. Paul’s daughter Aoife, who many know, also followed her Grandad and worked in the bar during her gap year between college and entering the Garda Síochána and his other daughter Amy also did stints in the bar and restaurant. Finally her uncle Noel O’Connell needs no introduction to the members of Donabate. So all in all the Floods are no strangers to the club.
Finishing off Paul’s family tree we must mention his brother John who is a Captain’s prize winner and has represented the club at many levels. We must mention the other two women in his life his sister Wendy and his Mother Wendy for whom Paul’s promotion to Captain must be a very proud moment.
Our Lady Captain Carmel grew up in the village of Lackagh Beg in Galway and is one of a family of 10. At the age of 18 she embarked on her journey to become a nurse and found herself in Dublin. She commenced her training in St. Vincent’s Hospital and then later continued her studies in the Rotunda Hospital where she qualified as a midwife. Despite the 6 day a week work roster she found time for romance and later married her husband Peter.
Lady Captain Carmel then worked in Beaumont Hospital and was very much instrumental in the development of key areas such as upgrading the outpatient department which are still current today.
She is a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother “Nanna Nu”. Peter and Carmel play a very active role in their daughter’s Cathy and son in law Barry’s life along with their three lovely grandchildren. Apparently they have christened her the “Hat Policewoman” because no matter the weather a hat has to be worn.
Lady Captain Carmel and her husband Peter have many interests; the arts, music, theatre, golf and walking are just some of the examples. Both have completed many parts of the Camino walk and spent a number of weeks in Italy exploring on foot the country.
Lady Captain Carmel joined Donabate Golf Club in 2003. She has served on the ladies committee for 2 years. She has played and managed teams, introduced the Golf 4 Girls 4 Life Programme, actively participated in the upgrading of mandatory policies in the club and assists in our very popular junior section.
She has developed great relationships with our junior member’s one of mutual respect and she promotes an environment that is inclusive, positive, encouraging and fun. This is seen throughout the year even at Christmas time when she is “donning” her Santa’s Elves outfit.
The rigorous training and education she received from her career and life experiences has instilled and enhanced many of her qualities which are commitment, attention to detail, organisation and loyalty.
Finally any task Lady Captain Carmel will take on will be dealt with in an efficient and meticulous manner.
This article was put together by Vice Captain Joe Rice and Lady Vice Captain Grainne Synnott who both wish our new Captains all the best for 2018.