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Meet the team

We are privileged to have a dedicated Team of Staff and Officers who care deeply for Kirkistown Castle Golf Club; they not only help to keep the Club operational on a daily basis but share a vision of preservation of values in conjunction with constant improvement to ensure the Club can thrive and be enjoyed by future generations. Here they are...

Club Officers & Staff 2016

    Mr Billy Doherty


  • Mrs Madeline Bell
    Mrs Madeleine Bell

    Lady Captain

  • Charlie Davidson
    Andrew Adair

    Boys Captain

  • Abby Atkinson
    Rachel Gowdy

    Girls Captain

  • Mr David Peacock
    Dr David Peacock


  • Mrs Sally McCoy
    Mrs Sally McCoy

    Lady President

  • Mr Tim Reid
    Mr Tim Reid

    Honorary Secretary

  • Mr Michael Allen

    Honorary Treasurer

  • Council 2015

    Back L-R: Maurice Wilson, Peter McCall, Sam Hosick, Leslie Campbell, Jonney Stothers, William McBride, Brian Harper,
    Robert Davis, Bo Dynes Front L-R: Winston Reid, Declan McCarthy, David Peacock, Captain Rodney Coffey, Billy Doherty, John Dynes, Tim Reid

  • Ladies Committee 2015
    Ladies Committee

    Back L-R:
    Sinead Boyle,
    Gillian Creighton, Paula Millar, Lorraine Coffey, Breda McCarthy, Miriam Ellis Front L-R: Jane Compton, Clare dynes, Sally McCoy, Lady Captain Ann O'Prey, Alix Millar, Imelda Byers, Alison Bell

  • Paul Lappin
    Course manager

    Paul Lappin

    Paul is our exemplary Course Manager! Having started his green-keeping career in 1990 at Moyola Park Golf Club then progressing to Royal Portrush and Bangor Golf Clubs before taking up his Management position at Kirkistown Castle in 2000. A keen low-handicap golfer, Paul is passionate about traditional links style green-keeping ensuring that surfaces are firm and fast all year round using judicious amounts of fertilizer, chemicals and water. If you read our ‘Testimonials’ you will see that Paul and his Team do a wonderful job in managing and nurturing the Course in the way that James Braid intended over 80 years ago.

  • Greens Team
    Greens Team

    L-R: Brendan McCarthy, Jim Andrews, Brian Polley, Paul Lappin, Gerard Cooper

  • Niall Mullen
    Niall Mullen

    PGA Professional

    Niall started his career here at Kirkistown Castle at the tender age of 11! A native to Cloughey, Niall has lived and breathed golf being Junior Captain for three years and representing the Club at Junior and Senior levels up until he opted to pursue a professional career in golf in 2008. Acquiring his PGA Professional status in 2012, Niall completed his training as an Assistant Pro at Knock Golf Club before taking up the Resident PGA Professional position here at Kirkistown Castle in 2014.

The Welcoming Committee!

  • House & Bar Staff

    Bar: Sean & Craig

  • House & Bar Staff

    L-R: Briege, Lynda, Lauren, Caiti, Leanne, Megan

  • Judith Braniff
    Judith Braniff

    General Manager

    Originally from Ardglass and having come from a golfing family I was delighted to take up post at Kirkistown Castle in 2013. I have previously worked in the travel and tourism, engineering and equestrian sectors and have married my skills and experience with my personal knowledge and enjoyment of golf. In my time in post I have endeavoured to bring a fresh new perspective to Kirkistown Castle in order to allow us to fully meet the demands of our stakeholders as well as ensuring the Club adapts and thrives well into the distant future.

  • Jim Ditchfield
    Jim Ditchfield


    Jim is a stalwart of the Club; a player, a past GUI Official, Past Captain and Past Honorary Secretary. Jim’s association with Kirkistown Castle began in 1983 and his wealth of knowledge and experience is utilised fully in his role in the Club Office.

  • Gillian Creighton
    Gillian Creighton


    Gillian is a Lady Associate Member with a family connection with the club for over 20 years. A keen player and having been previously employed by the Bank, Gillian’s role centres around looking after the accounts in the Office.