The Ukrainian group being welcomed to Lough Owel Pitch and Putt course by club chairman Lee Stynes and secretary Karina Stynes – Vladimir Kubrak, Iryna Yepisova, Mariia Ratushna, (at back) Vitalii Fisov, Angela Zhelqn, Hanna Sereda, Lee Stynes, Olena Obukhova, Martha Hlynska, Igor Ratushnu, Karina Stynes Club Secretary, Nataliia Hlynska, Sntonina Chernysh and her son Danny.

Ukrainian group welcomed at Lough Owel Pitch and Putt

Lough Owel Pitch and Putt Course opened its doors to a special group of visitors from Ukraine last week, creating a memorable day of camaraderie and friendly competition.

The group, consisting of 14 individuals of different age groups and from different backgrounds, primarily from the Mariupol area, and now residing in various locations in Mullingar, were warmly welcomed by Lee Stynes, chairman of the club.

With great attention to detail, Lee explained the rules and safety procedures of the course to the group, ensuring that everyone felt comfortable and ready to enjoy the day’s activities.

The course is set in the serene beauty of Lough Owel, and the visitors from the war-torn region had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the breathtaking surroundings.

As they strolled through open woodlands and across meticulously manicured fairways and greens, they were treated to captivating views of the lough. The experience provided a respite from the challenges of their homeland.

While the focus of the day was on fostering connections and spreading joy, a healthy spirit of competition emerged as the Ukrainian guests took part in pitch and putt activities.

Martha Hlynska, overall winner of the Pitch and Putt event at Lough Owel, organised by the club for Ukrainian people attending the Comhaltas English language course at Áras an Mhuilinn, receives her prize from club chairman, Lee Stynes.

The rivalry among the competitors added an extra layer of excitement to the event, and ultimately, it was the impressive skills of 11-year-old student Martha Hlynska that prevailed, as she emerged as the overall winner, showcasing her talent and dedication.

The day concluded with a prize-giving ceremony, during which Matt Nolan, speaking on behalf of the Ukrainian group, expressed sincere gratitude to Lee and Carina Stynes for their exceptional hospitality.

The organisers were commended for going above and beyond to ensure that every visitor felt welcome and at home throughout the day. The generosity and kindness exhibited by the Stynes family left an enduring impression on the Ukrainian guests, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie that transcended borders.

Lee said: “We are honoured to have had the opportunity to host such a remarkable group of individuals from Ukraine. It was heart-warming to witness the joy and enthusiasm they brought to the course, despite the challenges they have faced. We hope that this day at Lough Owel provided them with moments of respite and created lasting memories.”

The event served as a testament to the power of hospitality, sportsmanship, and cultural exchange. It highlighted the ability of individuals to come together, transcending borders and overcoming adversity through the shared love of a sport.