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Royal Dublin Golf Club to welcome women members and accept those from ‘all genders’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 02/12/2021 Martin Healy
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Royal Dublin Golf Club have decided to end their status as the sole male-only club in Ireland and are set to welcome members across all genders.

Founded in 1885, the north Dublin club has decided to adopt a policy of ‘gender equality’ going forward.

In over a century of existence, there has never been a female member of the Royal Dublin GC but that is set to change after a vote at a special general meeting.

Royal Dublin Golf Club have decided to end their status as the sole male-only club in Ireland. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie © Provided by Extra.ie Royal Dublin Golf Club have decided to end their status as the sole male-only club in Ireland. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

The members-only overwhelmingly approved a motion to adopt the governing principles of Golf Ireland in the future.

A similiar move was made by the Portmarnock Golf Club in May of this year but now their nearby neighbours have also shed their male-only status.

‘All genders are equally valued within the membership without discrimination and enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all membership categories and the opportunity to apply for membership, when open, is available to all genders,’ the Bull Island institution said in a statement.

Royal Dublin Golf Club will now accept women members going forward. Pic: Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE © Provided by Extra.ie Royal Dublin Golf Club will now accept women members going forward. Pic: Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE

While the organisation never had a formal rule that banned female members, but in practice it was effectively for men only.

The club’s constitution will now be overhauled in order to allow for the change in membership rules.

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