Jerry Foley, CEO of West of Ireland Golf
As the founder and CEO of West of Ireland Golf, Jerry has over 30 years experience working in the Golf, Tourism and Technology sectors. He has worked with golf courses in the United States and Ireland as well as International media organisations and Golf stars including:-Golf Monthly, Darren Clarke, Sony Pictures, Justin Rose and the Sunday Times. Jerry is passionate about bringing the West of Ireland Golf experience to golfers throughout the world.
Joe O’Carroll, Director of Fairways & Fundays
Joe has over 25 years professional experience in the public and private sectors in Ireland, UK, Continental Europe, USA and East Africa. His experience covers fundraising, sales & marketing, operations, human resource management, strategic and policy. He is passionate about Ireland and enhancing its links to its diaspora – an estimated 70 million people around the globe have Irish ancestry.
Joe has extensive experience within Logistics and Group Travel and has been personally responsible for implementing arrangements for travel of groups of up to 200 clients throughout the world. Joe brings this expertise to Fairways and FunDays.
Married with four children, leisure interests include tennis, golf, rugby, horse racing and Gaelic football.
David O’Donnovan, Chairman of West of Ireland Golf
David is a native of Rosses Point In County Sligo and he has over 25 years experience within the golf and sales industries. David is General Manager of the world-famous County Sligo Golf Club since 2010 which is regarded as one of the Top Links Courses in Ireland. David has managed the hosting of a number of major tournaments and has been a member of The West of Ireland Championship Committee since 2010. The West of Ireland Championship is one of Europe’s leading amateur golf tournaments.
David has served as Board Member for the IGCMA for four years and is currently on the ILI board.
David is an accomplished golfer having played off as low as 1 handicap (now playing off a 4 handicap), he is an active member of community enterprises in the West of Ireland. David is committed to growing the West of Ireland into one of the world’s premier golfing destinations.
Marie Keogh, Co-Founder & Director of Sales and Marketing at Fairways & Fundays
Marie has a background in Leisure and Tourism and holds several university qualifications in these fields. Marie originally worked at Tulfarris Golf Resort, County Wicklow, Ireland and was part of the team who oversaw the preparation of the resort for the Irish Seniors Open in 2000. Since that time Marie has worked in several exciting roles throughout the industry gaining essential tourism and hospitality industry contacts, and developing a keen understanding of creating dream experiences for clients.
Marie is passionate about Ireland and firmly believes that Ireland has all of the attributes to become the global leader in terms of Golf Tourism. Marie has extensive experience within Sales and Marketing and brings this experience and passion to this role.
Dominic Lynch, Director of West of Ireland Golf
Dominic is a native of the stunning coastal town of Clifden, County Galway and has vast experience within the golf, media and sales sectors in Ireland and the United States. Dominic is currently the Sales & Marketing Manager at Connemara Golf Links and was an instrumental figure in this majestic course being named Best Links course in Connacht in 2016. Dominic is very passionate about the West of Ireland and is focussed on creating international awareness of this region as a golfing destination.
Dominic is a keen golfer and since taking up his role at Connemara Golf Links has been central in making the club one of Ireland’s premier links facilities.
Edel Maher, Reservations Manager at Fairways & Fundays
Edel has over 15 years professional experience working within the hospitality and logistics industries in Ireland and Australia. A native of County Wicklow, Edel is responsible for overseeing all client reservations and coordinating any complex group arrangements. Edel ensures the highest quality experience for all our clients and utilises her experience to ensure that all clients enjoy a stress-free and problem free visit to Ireland.
Edel is very proud of her Irish heritage and has a keen interest in sports and Irish history.