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Donnybrook LTC Irish Close Championships 2022 sponsored by Richmond Homes

We are delighted to be running our prestigious Irish Close Championships again which is the oldest tournament on the Irish senior tennis tour! The 2022 championships are sponsored by Richmond Homes and will run from 2nd July to 9th July, 2022. All players are entered into a draw for 2 x VIP tickets Robbie Williams Concert in 3 Arena, Saturday 29th October 2022. 

Friday night doubles finals will take place with entertainment and a complimentary drinks reception. Saturday singles finals with traditional afternoon tea will round up what promises to be a super week! 

We hope to see as many of you entering as possible!  Those aged 14+ are eligible. There are events for all players Championship (Class Premier,1,2) , Class 3 & below, Class 5 & below & Class 7.

To enter click link below:

Forward the link to your tennis friends, spread the word far and wide.

New Men’s Captain Appointed

Tapiwa Sibindi was formally ratified as the new Men’s Captain at the club AGM on February 25th, 2021.

An immensely popular and highly involved club member, Tapiwa joined Donnybrook LTC in 2015. He quickly engrossed himself in team training, club events, league tennis and, of course, the social side of the club.

Tapiwa will chair the well-established Men’s Committee which focuses on league tennis, social tennis, new members and organised internal events for the senior men's category (18 years+). The efforts of this hard-working committee will then be fed into the main club committee, which the Men’s Captain also sits on. 

Commenting on the appointment, outgoing Men’s Captain Ian Hemmingway said: “Tapiwa was a natural choice for Men’s Captain. I’ve already worked with him on several events and sub-committees. The strategy, consulting and project management skills he possesses as an experienced finance professional will no doubt help take men’s tennis at Donnybrook to the next level in 2021.”

Donnybrook men’s tennis stalwart, Peter Morgan added: “Tapiwa is very well regarded by the members and will be a valuable addition to both the club and men’s committees. A club is only as strong as its volunteers so to have someone of Tapiwa’s expertise, enthusiasm and esteem heading up men’s tennis is fantastic.”

Members who wish to give back to their club in any small way are encouraged to contact any member of the men’s or club committee. We can never have enough volunteers to lend a hand (even on a once-off basis) with the many events and activities which are planned in 2021.

New Men’s Captain Appointed


Club arrangements due to COVID19

Dear Members,

Following the statement by the Government yesterday relating to the Covid 19 Virus, the Committee has discussed the activities within the Club.

We have decided on the following course of action. The following may be subject to change following further recommendations or instructions from National authorities:  

With effect from 9pm this evening Friday 13th March:

  • The Club will open as usual (Monday to Saturday 7.30am and Sunday 8.30am)
  • The Club will now be closed daily at 9pm until 29 March.
  • The Changing rooms will be open during the above times.
  • The Clubhouse will now be closed daily until 29 March.
  • As a result of the Clubhouse being closed, there will be no access to the outdoor floodlights on the non-airhall courts.
  • The courts in the Airhall will continue to be available for booking until 9pm.
  • The current court rules continue to apply to juniors to access the indoor courts, see below.
  • All club organised activity will cease until 29 March.
    • The Junior Coaching Programme will cease until 29 March.
    • Adult group coaching and Cardio group classes will cease until 29 March.
    • Enjoy Tennis on Sunday mornings will cease until after Easter.
    • Wednesday Bridge will cease until 29 March.
    • Pilates classes will cease until 29 March.
    • Friday Morning Stitch ‘n Bitch Ladies gathering will cease until 29 March.
  • All social gatherings/events are cancelled until further notice.
  • We advise our members not to shake hands with opponents.
  • Given that players are sharing tennis balls during a match, we advise that you wash your hands thoroughly after the game is finished.
  • As social distancing is critical to containing the virus, please avoid attending the tennis club if you have flu-like, or Covid-19 related symptoms (Sore throat, dry cough, fever, fatigue).

The Office will be open normal hours Monday – Friday (Mon-Thur 11.30am-6.30pm & Fri 2.30-6.30pm) for queries and payments. We would be grateful if the members with outstanding Membership subscriptions and Term 2 Junior Coaching fees would please contact the office for card payment or pay online via or by bank transfer.

We appreciate your co-operation on the implementation of the above measures in the interest of public health and your wellbeing.

Sincerely on behalf of the Donnybrook LTC Committee,

Chanelle Dunne


Juniors under the age of 12 are not permitted to play after 7pm on either the indoor/pre-book courts or the outdoor courts. Reminder: U12s must have specific adult supervision on courts 3, 4 and 8 when the Airhall is in situ.

Juniors, aged 12 and over, are not permitted to play on the indoor courts/pre-book courts from Monday to Thursday between 7pm and 9pm with the exception of designated juniors that play adult League.

Juniors aged 12+ are permitted to play after 7pm on an outdoor court. However, in the event of a queue forming from Seniors/Designated Juniors, those juniors will be required to vacate their court, with the exception of private coaching from a Club registered Coach. A senior member with a junior member has the same status as a junior member.


Rafa Tennis Academy Clinic comes to Donnybrook LTC

Wednesday 4th March 2020

Donnybrook LTC welcomes the Rafa Tennis Academy Clinic to Donnybrook LTC this evening. The coaches will have tennis clinics in the Airhall with the members that have been advised of their slots.

The representative will be in the Clubhouse and will have a presentation for about 15 minutes at 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30pm.

Any queries can be put to her at these presentations.

2020 National Junior Spring Championchips

Online entry now open to the 2020 National Junior Spring championships:

[Click here to enter online]


Venue Westwood Club Clontarf
Address Clontarf road
  Dublin 3

Tournament contact
Phone: 01 88 44 010
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Munster Juniors v Donnybrook LTC

Donnybrook LTC would like to thank the munster squad for travelling up to play our squad

What a super day we had. A beautiful sunny day in Donnybrook Ltc, where we were treated to some great tennis.  The club was buzzing, that lovely sound as the tennis ball hits the sweet spot on the racquet,  the sound of laughter from both sides when away from the serious stuff on court.

Munster were a pleasure to have in the club.  Both  teams are an absolute credit to themselves, their  Province / Club, Coaches and the Sport.

A big thanks to Cian Blake, Sinead Dunne & Fitzy the Munster Coaches,  Owen Casey our Coach.  The work these guys have put in liasing with each other and myself behind the scenes was second to none.

To our amazing Junior Committee and our parents for the selfless work that was put in to  hosting the event.

Would also like say a big thank you to Dee, Anita and our student on duty Peter Carton. Also Club President Chanelle and the committee for supporting the running of the event

Munster Juniors v Donnybrook LTC

Upcoming Junior Tennis Events

Upcoming Junior Tennis Events

18/1/2020 Saturday - Invitational Visit by Junior players from Munster Region – tennis starts at 12.15pm.

25/1/2020 Saturday U14 Stars and Stripes start,1st match is away.
25/1/2020  Saturday Social Tennis and fun at 3pm for Juniors born in 2010 and 2011.
25/1/2020  Saturday Teen Tennis including Cardio at 5pm followed by pizza.

1/2/2020  Saturday Social Tennis including Cardio at 3pm for Juniors born 2007, 2008, 2009.

1/3/2020  Sunday Leinster U12 and U18 Leagues start. Match schedule TBA. 

Upcoming Junior Events

16/11/2019 Social tennis and fun for Juniors born 2011 at 3pm
16/11/2019 Teen Tennis at 5pm followed by pizza and table tennis
13/12/2019 Teen Christmas part at 7pm – more about this soon
20/12/2019 U12 Tennis and Santa Party at 4pm

November/December Junior Box Leagues

Contact the Office or the Junior Secretary for more information about these events / book a place.

Some recent events

Here are some memories from recent events…..


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Court Usage and Events

Wenesday November 6: TY Tennis 7pm-8.30pm x 2 courts.

Thursday November 7: Adult Social Tennis 7.30pm-9pm x 3 courts

Friday November 8: Ladies Rusty Racquets 10am-11.30am x 2 courts, all welcome.

Saturday November  9: Mens Social Tennis (Bills Clinic) 10am - 12noon x 2 courts

Saturday November 9: Junior Hitting 2.30-3.30pm x 2 courts.

Sunday November 10: Enjoy Tennis (Special Needs) all courts reserved.

Tuesday November 12: Ladies Floodlight League Q/Finals (2 Teams) 7.30pm x 6 courts reserved.

Wednesday November 13: TY Tennis 7pm-8.30pm x 2 courts

Friday November 15: Ladies Rusty Racquets 10am - 11.30am all welcome.


November Junior events

  • 1/11/2019 American Tournament for U12 and U14 followed by pizza
  • 3/11/2019 U12 Day Cup in Templeogue
  • 9/11/2019 Final of Stars and Stripes in Donnybrook
  • 16/11/2019 Social tennis and fun for Juniors born 2011 at 3pm
  • 16/11/2019 Teen Tennis at 5pm followed by pizza
Contact the Office or the Junior Secretary for more information about these events / book a place.

A Summary of the year so far:

Our Juniors have had a very busy, and successful, Summer Season! Here is a flavour of the many events and activities they participated in, between Leagues, tournaments and various Club related events.


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Men’s Senior League Update - O45 & O35 progress into playoffs.

Sunday October 6th saw Donnybrook’s Over 45 class 1 team and Over 35 class 3 teams both come out on top in their respective clutch Senior League matches.

Conor O’Neill’s Over 45 C1 team recorded a comprehensive 3-0 win against Fitzwilliam 1 to finish second in their group. An away semi-final against either Templeogue 1, Lansdowne 1 or Carrickmines 1 on Sunday Oct 13th is their reward. Detailed results view for all matches is available here>

Playing squad: Conor O’Neill (captain), Jerry Sheehan, Jimmy McDonogh, John Sheridan, Manus McClafferty, Paudie Collins, Teddy Daly,  Victor Drummy, Peter Morgan (sub week 1), Russell Boland (sub week 1).

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Landed with the toughest draw of the round, Donnybrook’s Over 35 Class 3 team came up against Stackallen 1 who had sailed through the group stages winning 15/15 matches. Undaunted by this record, captain Peter Johnston lead from the front recording a straight-sets win with partner Ravi Reddy Manumachu in match 1. With the tie at 1-1 all eyes turned to Russell Boland and Robbie O’Flynn who edged a tight encounter 6-7 6-4 4-6 to take the tie 2-1 for Donnybrook. This win means a quarter-final spot and automatic promotion to Class 2 for next year’s Senior League. Detailed results view for all matches is available here>

Playing squad: Peter Johnston (captain), Ravi Reddy Manumachu, Robbie O'Flynn, Russell Boland, Kieran O'Donoghue, Enda Bannon, Peter Clarke (sub week 4,5), Odhran O'Reilly (sub week 1), Tapiwa Sibindi (sub week 2), Alan Horgan (sub week 2), Manus McClafferty (sub week 2), Dave Allen (sub week 1), Gerry Conheady (sub week 4).

35 tableDonnybrook's Over 45 Seconds Team endured a difficult campaign playing at class 2 but coming up against many club's first teams in their group. Well done to all involved and thank you to the 2019 Senior League captains – Conor O’Neill, Peter Johnston and Eoghan O’Meara - for their exceptional work running the teams.

Men’s Senior League – Midway Update

The Men’s Senior League kicked off on September 1st and runs every Sunday at 11am through September. Donnybrook LTC have three teams competing this year: Over 35s Team 1 at class 3, Over 45s Team 1 at class 1 and Over 45s Team 2 playing at class 2.

O35 Team 1
A slow start to the campaign in week 1 with a 2-1 loss to Shankill 3 is a distant memory thanks to consecutive 2-1 wins against Co Wicklow 3 and Glenageary 2. Captain Peter Johnston brings his team to Wicklow Town on Sunday, the winner here will be in pole position for a tilt at progression into the knockout stages. Detailed results are available here> 

35T1 table

O45 Team 1
Two 2-1 wins against Sandycove 1 and Sutton 2 have Conor O’Neill’s class 1 O45 team well positioned with three pool matches still to play. Anyone wishing to see come class 1 tennis at Donnybrook should stick Sunday 22nd @ 11.30am (vs Castleknock 1) and Sunday Oct 6th @ 11am (vs Fitzwilliam 1) in their diaries. Detailed results are available here>

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O45 Team 2
It was always going to be a tough ask for the O45 T2 because they are up against many clubs’ first teams. Battling performances against Greystones 1 and a very experienced Carrickmines 2 have alas resulted in two 3-0 defeats. Commenting on the team’s effort, revered Donnybrook LTC league aficionado Alil O'Shaughnessy paraphrased Vince Lombardi stating “winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is”. Detailed results are available here>

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