Working for People with Sight Loss

Postponed 2020 Granard and Holmpatrick cup finals, now in their 90th year draw teams to Balbriggan golf club!

Esker Hills Golf Club – Damian Guinan & Arthur Marsh 2020 winners with head of Fundraising Joe McKenna and Helen Ryan

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23rd June 2021, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) held the All-Ireland final of the HolmPatrick Cup and Granard Cup. NCBI was delighted to go ahead with the rescheduled 2020 All Ireland Final of the HolmPatrick Cup and the Granard Cup competitions. Now in its 90th year, men from 12 Golf Clubs from around Ireland competed to lift the HolmPatrick Cup while ladies from 12 different Golf Clubs strive for the Granard Cup. Both competitions are the longest-running and largest charity golf tournament in Ireland.

Starting in 1932, it is named after Edina Conyngham, Baroness HolmPatrick, who donated the trophy to NCBI at its inauguration. The Baroness was a granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington. The tournament is a well-established highlight in the calendar of golf clubs around the country.

The All-Ireland final took place in the Balbriggan golf club, with 24 teams in total taking part. Despite the blustery weather conditions and new golfing rules, Damian Guinan and Arthur Marsh from Esker Hills Golf Club triumphantly took the HolmPatrick cup for the men, while Aileen Bell and Lily O’Connor of Cill Dara Golf club won the Granard Cup.

Chris White, NCBI CEO said; “This is the oldest golf charity tournament in the country with the fitting prize being to play on the oldest golf course in the world in St.Andrews, Scotland. We are delighted to continue to be the beneficiary and it is great to have the event back again after being postponed for an entire year due to Covid19. The funds raised today will assist NCBI continue to deliver frontline services to people living with sight loss. Thank you to all who participated this year.”

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For further information, please contact Katie Drea, Communications Exec on 0876612287

Granard Cup winners Cill Dara Golf Club – Aileen Bell & Lily O’Connor


Notes to Editor

Annual Report 2020 and Your Ambition Our Mission 2021-2023 is available on our website

NCBI is the national sight loss organisation, working for people with sight loss.

We provide practical and emotional support, rehabilitation services and other training designed to help people with sight loss to live independently and confidently.

Services Offered:

Rehabilitation training, including independent living skills and mobility training, and availability of low vision solutions such as magnifiers or other aids.

Assistive technology advice and training to learn how to access all accessibility features in mainstream technology as well as latest gadgets and Apps all designed to assist people living with sight loss.

Advice and information on Statutory entitlements, eye conditions, supports available etc.

Emotional support and counselling for people struggling to come to terms with sight loss.

Library offering extensive range of digital, large-print, Braille and audio books.

ELCO or The Eye Clinic Liaison Officer service provides practical and emotional support to both patients and their families at the point of diagnosis operating out of the Mater University Hospital, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, CHI at Temple Street and Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

NCBI Resource Centres provide day opportunities to service users, these Resource Centres are located in Dublin and Wexford.

Employment advice for job seekers and employers to maximise the recruitment and retention of staff who are blind or vision impaired.

As a charity NCBI must raise €3 million annually just to keep operating at current levels.