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SplashEye NOW A GLOBAL BRAND – BIG CONGRATS TO DONAL

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

BIG CONGRATS TO SplashEye – NOW IN 14 COUNTRIES

SplashEye

Who would have thought that Donal Connolly’s Trinity College project back in the days of the Golden Falls PADDY CLASSIC here in Ireland would become a global brand within a few years ! Being the first to deliver Jump Distances almost instantly to a large visible scoreboard was the key to success.

Today, Donal’s SplashEye creation is now in operation in 14 Countries and at 56 sites. At this time, the USA is leading with 12 systems, followed very closely by Australia (11) and the UK (9) Now with the latest systems for SLALOM, TRICKS & JUMP, Donal has brought the magic to our spectators wherever they are. Congratulations Donal – All the latests details are available right here :

www.splasheye.com

CLUB DRIVERS ROTA NOW READY FOR MEMBERS & VISITORS

Friday, June 29th, 2012

WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND TIMES NOW FINALISED FOR SUMMER 2012

Carl shows how its done

Carl shows how its done

After all the rain and wind and various challenges, we are now back on the water in full force once again. Daryl is our Duty Driver all day Saturday and Sunday – and we hope to attract as many visitors and groups as possible to be with us on those mornings so that Members will have more time on the water in the afternoons. For Visitor and Group bookings, all are asked to call Daryl as soon as possible so that we can look after everybody well : 087 668 6225


Thank you also to Figs, Carl, Geoff, Sam, Richard, Simon and Mark for volunteering to take over as Drivers on Tuesday and Thursday nights. There is a copy of the NEW Weekday Drivers Rota available here :

CLUB DRIVERS ROSTER 2012

We will also shortly launch our SAVE GOLDEN FALLS campaign to kick start our  major recovery plan caused by the serious bank erosion challenge which has caused huge disruption this season – so watch this space for updates on our plans and hopes for the future.

NEW FUEL JETTY MAKING PROGRESS

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

CONCRETE POURED AND NEW ACCESS PATH CLEARED

As we all know, these past few months have delivered a few major shocks to Golden Falls – but thanks to the great support of our Members, solutions are on the way !

Access path and new concrete plinth

Access path and new concrete plinth

Over these past weeks and following our recent Committee meeting, we have worked on our plans to ensure that our 2012 Waterski season will be another great one for all. Our first challenge was to repair the old Fuel Jetty which was also damaged by the extraordinary water levels of this past year. Thanks to Figs, Simon, Daryl, Geoff, Siggi and Joe, the old structure was removed to our Car Park, Gas lines disconnected and a frame created for the pouring of the cement for the new base plinth. That concrete has already set. Fortunately, the water was at normal level at that time. This morning – see photo – that plinth was back under water again !

Pathway to the new Jetty

Pathway to the new Jetty

The stainless steel walkway comprising two lengths of 5m is under construction by Joe Hearne and thanks to Joe’s great efforts we should see the finished product in about 10 days time. The fabricated weatherproof walkway panels will drop into the frame once it is on site. The first 5m section will run from the shore to a steel frame on the concrete plinth to keep it above the high water levels – and the hinged second section will run from that out to the Jetty which will also be built shortly. Figs also organised the grading of our access walkway and that already looks good. We may need a donation of some temporary carpet to cover the ground in the walkway area.

Stainless steel sections under construction

Stainless steel sections under construction

High Water Erosion Damage This Morning

High Water Erosion Damage This Morning

This is a bigger than expected project. It will however ensure that our 2012 season will get off to a good start as we finalise the details on how to return to our Clubhouse area once again. Discussions with the ESB, Banks and Committee will continue and we will keep you posted. Thanks to all for your help and we look forward to seeing you down at the Lake as soon as we post the OPEN sign here shortly. WATCH THIS SPACE.

Bank erosion continues as the ESB have not dropped the water levels back to those which we normal for the past 50 years. As you can see, the new fencing installed just a year ago at the request of the ESB during our new Lease discussions, continues to be undermined by the high water and already the concrete footings can now be seen above ground.

RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX READY FOR ACTION AND RAFFLE !

Friday, September 9th, 2011

WINDY WEATHER BUT WE WILL NOT LET THAT STOP THE GRAND PRIX FUN

THANKS TO BILABONG FOR THEIR GREAT SUPPORT

THANKS TO BILLABONG FOR THEIR GREAT SUPPORT

We put the finishing touches to the Club site this evening and all looks really good right now. A big thanks to Daryl, Donal, Carl and all the team for getting the place shipshape for our very special RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX.

It has been a very tough week for Ray. Brain surgery, general anaesthetics, blood transfusions, all take their toll but hopefully Ray will now feel better having got over this stage successfully. He hates cold weather and would really prefer to be up on the Gold Coast rather than in Melbourne. I don’t think he would fancy doing Rescue Boat duty when we kick off here at 09.30hrs here tomorrow !

We also launched a RAY RAFFLE just 48 hours ago and have been overwhelmed by the response from our Waterski friends. Just amazing ! The list of donated prizes is extraordinary – see below. Billabong have also donated Winners Prizes as we will give the standard Cash Prize to Ray also to help with his medical costs. As of tonight, we have sold exactly 40 RAY RAFFLE tickets at Euro 20.00 each and all this will also go to Ray.

So, our SLALOM and JUMP athletes will be ready on the dock tomorrow at 09.30hrs sharp – and we hope that the tail end of the USA Hurricanes don’t spoil our party !

Thank you all for your fantastic support. It is really appreciated by our Golden Falls Team.

HERE ARE THE PRIZES DONATED TO OUR RAY RAFFLE TOMORROW :

SkiCaraibes One Week – Island of St Martin – Coaching by Guy Laurent and Brigitte Lethem

Apple iPad – donated by Donal Connolly

Special Party Night at Your Venue – DJ+Full Sound System – donated by Martin Cullinan of TODAY FM

Vintage Champagne – donated by Simon Durham

Vintage Champagne – donated by Fiachra O’Riordan

Complete Utility Pocket Tools Bundle – donated by Dermot Fenton

Custom Monogrammed Car Mats – Your Name for Your Car – donated by Des Burke-Kennedy

Terryglass Cottage Weekend on the Shannon – donated by Jakki Kavanagh

CyclePlus Full Monty Bicycle Service – donated by Steven Cautley

MasterCraft Goodies – donated by Jonny Crawford

Full Winter Fitness Programme – 12 Sessions with the Professionals – donated by Carl Cautley

WANT AN iPAD – COME TO OUR RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

SUPER RAFFLE PLANNED FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX

Get your iPad at Golden Falls

Get your iPad at Golden Falls

Come for the Skiing – and stay for the RAY RAFFLE PRIZES !

To create some extra fun at our September 10/11 RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX, we put out an urgent call yesterday for donations of interesting items for our special Raffle which will take place before our Podium results are announced on Sunday, September 11th at the Golden Falls Boardwalk.

Within just a few hours, great things happened. We received a sparkling new iPad from Donal Connolly, some rare Vintage Champagne from Simon Durham and a full KEEP FIT Course from Carl Cautley. Many thanks to Donal, Simon and Carl for responding so quickly. What a great start !

Can you add anything to the RAY RAFFLE ?

Just drop a note to Des with the details of anything you can offer so that the proceeds which will go to the RAY STOKES FUND and will be added to the TOTAL PRIZE FUND which is also going to help Ray at the RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX.

des@burke-kennedy.com

RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX AT GOLDEN FALLS WILL BE SPECIAL !

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

YOU ARE INVITED TO THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 10/11

The annual Slalom & Jump Grand Prix has now been transformed into the RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX. All at Golden Falls are doing everything possible to make this a special experience in honour of our dear friend Ray Stokes who has been our regular visiting Australian Coach since 1990 – twenty one years ago ! On January 19th this year, Ray was diagnosed with Cancer and given 90 days to live. Eight months later, he still carries on the battle and today is having brain surgery to help ease the burden. To date, 19,875 people have visited his CaringBridge Website to leave get-well messages ! That is a measure of the level of enormous regard for Ray.

So, this year our RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX will have a twist. We are asking all the participants to support our plan to turn all the CASH PRIZE money on offer into a donation to Ray’s Fund. Golden Falls have agreed to add a further donation to ensure that the amount raised will be of help to Ray. All the details are on the Official Notice – see Link below. So, do come along and ski for Ray. Your efforts will make a real difference to the fun on the day.

We are also running a special RAY RAFFLE only for those who are present on Sunday, September 11th. The chances of winning something special must be high. Donated Prizes of any kind will be greatly accepted if you can help. Already Donal Connolly has presented a gleaming all new iPad  !  Wow !

And now for the business details – and if you want to bring along Angelina Jolie and Freddy Krueger, we will have spare seats available !

As usual, this is a THREE ROUND Slalom and Jump PERSONAL BEST competition. It will kick off at 09.30 hrs on Saturday, September 10th. Entry Forms must be returned by Thursday night, September 8th – so that the RUNNING ORDER can be released on Friday. This really does help all concerned to enjoy the entire weekend. Click here for the details :

GFWSC RAY STOKES GP NOTICE 2011a

GFWSC RAY STOKES Entry Form 2011

PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRY FORMS TODAY TO


des@burke-kennedy.com

GOLDEN FALLS HEADLINES AT HOME AND IN AUSTRALIA

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

BUMPER MONTH FOR THE CLUB

AND ALSO FOR OUR OWN ALAN DAGG

We have just closed off our own Club Waterski statistics for the month of June – and they really do look good. Even though the first weeks were windy, the 20C water and good second half saw 121 day Visitor skis plus all our full member skis – and that makes it a very special month. Added to that the success of our National Children’s Day where we had 74 visitors on that day alone and got 40 children out on the water, and we can be proud of our efforts

Well done to all our Members who worked hard to bring this fun to our Club – and July already looks like another very busy one !

Broadcasting "Live" from Golden Falls to Perth

Broadcasting "Live" from Golden Falls to Perth

Meanwhile, we received a very special request from Perth in Western Australia. The great news was that Golden Falls own Alan Dagg, now living in that beautiful City, also a past Irish Federation President and a totally dominant Jumper and Slalom Skier here at home, was about to be inducted into the Western Australia Waterski Hall of Fame. The request was for a surprise video clip from our Lake to put on the big screen in Perth during the Ceremony. It was also needed in about 48 hours !

Its on that screen over there in Perth !

Its on that screen over there in Perth !

So, if you saw a mini Studio erected at our Boardwalk recently in glorious sunshine and a mad character talking to a tiny video camera on a tripod, he had not completely lost his marbles. That recording was on the big screen in Perth within a few hours – and Alan got the big surprise and Award which he justly deserved. We had a nice note from him shortly afterwards to say thank you for the Golden Falls effort.

Alan receives his Award from Kevin Green

Alan receives his Award from Kevin Green

Congratulations Alan.

OFFICIAL CLUB DRIVERS LIST UPDATED BY GFWSC COMMITTEE

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

DRIVERS LIST 2011 POSTED ON OUR CLUB NOTICE BOARD

We all know how important safety is in our sport. It is also vital to be aware of the risks and especially when it comes to the Insurance coverage and competent Boat Driving.

Our Committee reviews our CLUB DRIVERS list from time to time to ensure that all have the skills and experience required. It is not as easy as it sometimes looks – holding a straight line in the Slalom Course at 58kph with a determined strong Skier out the back, rope lengths and shortening routines, speed settings, knowing how to drive a precise Jump Course, being aware of where the hidden rocks and obstacles are beneath the surface, knowing where to turn at both ends of the Lake, controlling the boat speed at the turns, safe docking, refueling routines, correct engine noises and smells, etc.etc. As we are also keen to have new qualified Drivers, our Assisted Drivers List is designed to help those who have some basic skills to move towards Club Driver status. This all dovetails into the Federation Drivers Courses and we hope to have news on these in the near future. First Aid Courses will also be organised at the Club this Summer.

Here are our latest DRIVERS lists :

CLUB DRIVERS

  • Daryl Higgins (Chief Driver)

  • Carl Cautley

  • Geoff Clarke

  • Simon Durham

  • Des Burke-Kennedy

  • Sam Burke-Kennedy

  • Fiachra O’Riordan

  • Donal Connolly

  • Harry Bridges

ASSISTED DRIVERS

  • Mark Cassin

  • Richard O’Callaghan

  • Rick Deegan

  • Brid Deegan

  • Greg O’Malley

  • Dermot Fenton

  • Daniel Hearne

Daryl Higgins, as Chief Driver, will monitor progress and let the Committee know when our Assisted Drivers are ready for Club Driver status. Watch out also for the letters S,T,J,W, after the names on the Notice Board as they signify which disciplines Drivers are qualified to pull. At the end of the day, its really all about experience PLUS TIME ON THE WATER.

SEE EUROPEAN WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM TONIGHT ON SKYSPORTS

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

GOLDEN FALLS SUPPLIES TECHNOLOGY AND COMMENTARY

FOR THE 2010 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

BROADCAST SCHEDULES

BROADCAST SCHEDULES

SKYSPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE KICKS OFF THIS EVENING

Just a few weeks ago, the Europe Africa Waterski Championships were staged at Thorpe Park at the Battleday Centre in London. It was a huge event  – almost as big as the World Championships. While we did not send an Irish team this year, our Federation still played an important part behind the scenes. Donal Connolly (Golden Falls WSC) ran his SplashEye system throughout and without a glitch. Des Burke-Kennedy (Golden Falls WSC) did both the onsite commentary and the commentary for SKYSPORTS.

In the Hot Seat at Thorpe Park

In the Hot Seat at Thorpe Park

SplashEye works perfectly

SplashEye works perfectly

Here is the Broadcast schedule for sticking on your Fridge Door – and as you can see, there are many chances to catch all the action. These are edited shows covering all six events – Men and Women x Slalom, Tricks and Jump.

Watersports World 36

22.09.10        17.00-18.00         Sky Sports 2
22.09.10        21.00-22.00         Sky Sports 3
23.09.10        09.00-10.00         Sky Sports 3
26.09.10        06.00-07.00         Sky Sports 2
26.09.10        24.30-01.30         Sky Sports 2
28.09.10        03.30-04.30         Sky Sports 1

Watersports World 38

06.10.10        17.00-18.00         Sky Sports 2
06.10.10        20.00-21.00         Sky Sports 4
06.10.10        22.00-23.00         Sky Sports 2
07.10.10        12.00-13.00         Sky Sports 2
07.10.10        15.00-16.00         Sky Sports 1
10.10.10        06.00-07.00         Sky Sports 2
10.10.10        10.00-11.00         Sky Sports 3
10.10.10        19.00-20.00         Sky Sports 4
11.10.10        01.30-02.30         Sky Sports 4
12.10.10        03.30-04.30         Sky Sports 1

TUNE IN TONIGHT

TUNE IN TONIGHT

OUR 2010 GRAND PRIX DELIVERED ELEVEN PB’S AND THE BEST PIG ROAST OF THE YEAR !

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

GREAT PERFORMANCES GREAT FOOD AND GREAT FUN !

Every Club should book Tommy now !

Every Club should book Tommy now !

Our 2010 Grand Prix Fans !

Our 2010 Grand Prix Fans !

We must start by saying WELL DONE to our very talented Golden Falls Team. In spite of all the rain showers, we created another very special event which again brought out the best in everyone. If fun is an important measuring stick, we earned Olympic Gold !

GRAND PRIX RESULTS 2010

Jack Critchley heads for the Magic Ramp

Jack Critchley heads for the Magic Ramp

Jumper Emily enjoying the Grand Prix

Jumper Emily enjoying the Grand Prix

Geoff wearing the 2010 Stokes Collection

Geoff wearing the 2010 Stokes Collection

It was great to see ELEVEN Skiers return home with new Personal Best scores – congratulations to all. In Slalom, they included :

Paurig O’Riordan (Cork PB&WSC)

Daniel Hearne ( Golden Falls WSC)

Liam Fitzpatrick (Mereor WSC)

Dianne Kirby (Meteor WSC)

Mark Fair (Meteor WSC)

Fiachra O’Riordan (Golden Falls WSC)

Rick Deegan (Golden Falls WSC)

Even though we were forced by weather to cancel Round 3 of the Jump event, the following still managed to score a new Personal Best score and finish the season on a high :

Stuart England (Meteor WSC)

Carl Cautley (Golden Falls WSC)

Michael England (Meteor WSC)

Mark Fair (Meteor WSC)

Enough for 100 - demolished by 50 !

Enough for 100 - demolished by 50 !

Apart from the impressive action on the water, how about that great ROAST PIG BBQ and the huge special Bangers ! That really was something special. Many thanks to Tommy Whelan and his new Electric Roasting Spit, to Dermot Fenton and all our Members who supplied the exotic salads, to Martin Cullinan for his U2 Sound System, to Donal for the new LCD SplashEye system – and of course to our Skiers who came from all over our Island and the UK.

Daryl gets James O'Connell 2010 Award

Daryl gets James O'Connell 2010 Award

Slalom Winners - 1.Paudrig O'Regan, 2.Daniel Hearne, 3.Liam Fitzpatrick

Slalom Winners - 1.Paudrig O'Regan, 2.Daniel Hearne, 3.Liam Fitzpatrick

Jump Winners 1.Carl Cautley (Michele), 2.Geoff Clarke, 3.Carl Fitzpatrick

Jump Winners 1.Carl Cautley (Michele), 2.Geoff Clarke, 3.Carl Fitzpatrick

Congratulations also to Daryl on winning the 2010 James O’Connell Award for his contribution to our sport – well deserved.

So, with the last event of the year ending on a real high note at our Club, we will soon wrap up this 2010 season and move on to 2011 with great memories of an excellent Summer on the water at Golden Falls. Well done to all the Team.

New LCD SplashEye

New LCD SplashEye