Social Events

Ardfield /Rathbarry Tennis Club has an active social committee which organises events throughout the year.

Inter-club social matches are organized from time to time with a variety of clubs including Rushbrook, Kinsale, Sundays Well, Clonakilty, Bandon, Ballinlough and most recently Carragaline. These events typically involve some tennis, some food and some drink. These occasions have proved to be very popular evenings. Tom Scanlon is our team captain who co-ordinate these matches.

An annual dinner is organized each year in the late autumn - prior to the busy Christmas season, and is always well attended. A celebrated must in our member’s social diaries.

If you are interested in playing in future events, please contact:

Tom | 085 1746157

2012 annual dinner at Dunmore House

Left, Fr. Pat McCarthy, Marie Hayes & Mary Lowney . Right, Rebecca O'Brien, Joan Scanlon, Bernie Leonard & Deirdre Hodnett

National Tennis Day 2012 - Ardfield Rathbarry Tennis Club

At 10am on Saturday July 7th, despite the conflicting weather forecast four Committee members decided that the advertised Open Day in Ardfield should proceed – and the decision paid off handsomely with the Parish experiencing by far the best day of the summer so far. The special event was held at tennis clubs all over the country in association with Tennis Ireland’s promotion of the sport under the title of National Tennis Day.

It was an opportunity for those non-members living in the area or beyond to find out more about the club and its many activities,

and perhaps join – especially as the usual registration fee has been waived for this season only - to attract new members. A good number of interested families turned up to be informed of the annual programme that includes tournaments, inter club competitions, coaching, junior and senior outings, and social events. Under clear blue skies members were on hand to warmly welcome visitors and the festive mood was enhanced by some discreet background music, colourful flags, BBQ, tea/coffee, refreshments and snacks for children. An additional bonus for visitors both adults and juniors alike was the opportunity to have an hours fun coaching with Alan O’Mahoney. This proved to be very popular and was an important part of the Open Day which clearly proved to be an unqualified success.

Every visitor was handed a raffle ticket and a chance to win a year’s membership to the club. Interestingly Terri from Drimoleague who had participated during much of the afternoon in the tennis with her three children and displayed obvious signs that she would be keen to join – won the special prize.

We were honoured to welcome Munster Branch representative on the Tennis Ireland Board Clifford Carroll and his lovely wife Audrey, who commented favourably on the facilities and beautiful location, as well as complimenting the committee on the progress made in the sixteen years since the club was founded.

Thanks to Eugene Scally at Supervalu for sponsoring the tasty burgers and buns. A perfect day.