Proposal for golf club to give €1m to charity fails

A proposal which called on the members of a golf club to donate €1m of a cash windfall to more than 20 local charities has failed.

At its AGM on Monday, Members of Douglas Golf Club in Cork were expected to consider motions from two members that they donate to 23 charities €1m of a €6m fund which has been sitting in its bank account for the past seven years.

According to the club’s accounts, it received a €6m non-refundable deposit from developer Castlelands Construction as part of a proposed land swap that never took place.

The first motion proposed a change in the club’s constitution to “allow members in general meeting to donate to such charities and in such sums as they shall from time to time decide”.

The other motion read: “Douglas Golf Club shall donate, subject to the approval of the Minister for Finance in accordance with the Finance Act 2012, €1m equally divided between” the charities.

The charities included St Vincent de Paul, Penny Dinners, Cork Simon Community, SHARE, and Marymount Hospice.

However, in a statement yesterday, the club said that consideration of the motions required a change to its constitution.

“To facilitate this, the two club members proposed a motion providing for the relevant change to the constitution,” said a club spokesman.

“This motion to change the club constitution did not receive the required level of support and was not carried.

“Therefore the motion to donate club monies could not be considered.”

The club declined further comment on the issue.


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