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ILGU mourns the passing of Anne Tunney

​​It with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Past President Anne Tunney (nee Bacon), who passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening.

  • 12 January 2018

​Caption: Anne Tunney ILGU President 1993 - 1994

It with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Anne Tunney (nee Bacon), Donnybrook, Dublin, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening 10th January 2018.

An advocate for women’s golf and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU), Anne was a prominent member of Milltown Golf Club and completed close to 30 years’ service to the ILGU. Beginning as a Council Member from 1971 to 1975, she then took up the position as Honorary Treasurer in 1976 and continued in this role until she was appointed ILGU President (1993-1994) where she would guide the Union through its centenary celebrations and anniversary events with unerring diplomacy and composure. 

Anne began playing golf at The Island Golf Club in the 1940’s – later moving her membership to Milltown for ease of access from her home where she managed to squeeze in daily 9-hole games while rearing her four children. Reaching a handicap of five, she was beaten semi-finalist of the Leinster Championship on two-occasions – admitting herself that this passed even her own expectations.

Anne was an exceptional lady who is still remembered for her centenary celebration speech during her Presidency where she paid tribute to those who had “led the way” for women’s golf in Ireland 100 years previously while still emphasising the importance of progressing the game for the future.

Anne was remembered as a “wonderful character” by fellow Past President Ann Heskin, who reminisced of her attendance at the Home Internationals where Anne would always have prepared a tin of shortbread for the Irish Team to snack on. Her leadership and dedication to the game was excellent and never went unnoticed. 

In 1995, Anne received the Irish Golf Writer’s Annual Award for ‘distinguished services’ – a well-deserved acknowledgement for a life-time of duty to the game.

Anne will be reposing today, Friday 12th January, at the Oratory Chapel, Newtown Park House Nursing Home from 4pm until 6pm. Removal on Saturday, 13th January, to the Church of the Sacred heart, Donnybrook arriving at 9.50am for Requiem Mass at 10am followed by cremation in Mount Jerome, Harold’s Cross.

The ILGU extends our deepest sympathy to her family including her children Michael, Stephen, Rosemary and Hilary. Ar dheas Dé go raibh a anam.