In the 1930’s Loreto girls coming to Dublin for the first time, having completed their education in Loreto Schools throughout the country, were encouraged by the Sisters to meet in Loreto Stephen’s Green almost weekly for a chat and a cup of tea. Through this weekly meeting many friendships developed and a great bond was formed between the girls. As a result of these informal friendly gatherings the girls began to come together for sporting activities and as a result the Loreto Hockey Club, Loreto Cycling Club and Loreto Past Pupils’ Golf Club were all formed.
The first annual Loreto Golf Outing took place in 1942 in Woodenbridge Golf Club. On the day approximately twenty five Loreto Girls from all over Ireland came together to play in the golf competition. Some arrived by car while other travelled by train. Those travelling by train had to get the train driver to make an unscheduled stop at Woodenbridge Golf Club!!
The annual Loreto Past Pupils’ Golf Society outing has continued every year since the inaugural outing in 1942. Each year over one hundred golfers come from all over Ireland to play in this event. The winner is presented with the Perpetual Cup which was present to the Golf Society in 1942 by Mr. David Frame in memory of his young daughter – a very talented golfer who tragically died a few years earlier.
The Loreto Past Pupils’ Golf Society is now recognised as the oldest Lady’s Golf Society in Ireland. For the last sixty years the annual golf outing has taken place in the Hermitage Golf Club Lucan Co Dublin.
For more information on the Loreto Past Pupils’ Golf Society go to their website www.loretogolfsociety.com