Seamless switch for ex-jockey Power to fairways of Lahinch

Lahinch Golf Club Captain Kevin Molony presents the Captain Molony Prize to Kevin Power. Photo: Brian Arthur.

One of Adare’s most popular residents, solicitor Kevin Power (previously of Bruff and Kilmallock), has won Captain Martin Molony’s Prize at famed Lahinch. 

Power, one of the leading amateur point-to-point jockeys of his era, claimed the spoils after a nine-hole playoff with a 27-hole total of a breath-taking 63 points. 

Given the quality of the course and the field, a thoroughbred winner was always expected and he duly emerged in Power. 

Likeable Power had just one point to spare over Pat Burke Jnr, the former Dublin and Clare senior footballer. 

“Listen, it’s obviously the greatest day in my golfing history,” he stated.

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“I played well, thought well enough but wasn’t expecting the play-off.  It’s to bed now, and I am so thrilled to have won Martin’s prize on a course with which my family have such a long, long association.” 

Kevin is steeped in Lahinch history as his father, John Power, and grandfather, Maurice Power, are former Captains and Presidents of the famed Clare links.  

All three work at Maurice Power Solicitors in Kilmallock. John remains intimately involved in the running of Lahinch and currently serves as a Trustee.

Kevin, for his part, is a fourth-generation of the family to enter the law profession. His great-grandfather, John J. Power, was Limerick’s first State Solicitor in 1922.  

Limerick’s Minster of State Niall Collins won the Captain’s prize 12 months ago.