Chapter 4 – An Irishman’s first two months with the Finns and PGA Professionals in Ireland.

Lightening start and exciting times.

It first started at Dublin airport where I met Mikko and Eetu  who presented me with a “Finnish welcome pack” see below. At this stage nothing remains but the Flag – cheers guys 😉.


The three of us had planned a hectic Irish tour schedule of PGA Professional meetings over 6-8 week period (Jimi, our CEO joined us for the second leg). No matter how intense it got, there was always time for a little quality competitive golf. It was a real pleasure to speak with PGA Professionals and understand their world a little bit better. So far:

– 36 Irish PGA professionals have joined Birdietime

– Working night & day to give each Birdietime professional an online Profile (24 to date) –>

– Working equally as hard to get the Lesson Booking facility on each Club website.

Golf passion meets digital marketing.

On a personal note, I’m delighted to combine my passion for golf with my digital marketing experience and qualifications. It’s so motivating to work for something you truly believe in and just as satisfying to be able to offer a service that’s been so well received by the PGA Pros. There’s a genuine feeling that through us, Irish PGA Professionals will now be able to reach their online potential and realise the benefits of truly being online. Every day, all of us do more and more online.

Helsinki Calling.

Mikko and Eetu kindly invited me to Helsinki to stay with them and meet the Birdietime team. It was fantastic to put personalities & golf games to names and to understand what each member does. I even managed a visit to Suomenlinna – the island Fortress. We played Helsingin Golfklubi, in Tali, Helsinki oldest course which was a real treat, the team format added real spice to the day.


First Irish PGA professional goes live.

Within the last week, our first professional Eamonn Brady (Clontarf Golf Club) went live with an online profile and so did his online lesson booking facility on the Clontart Golf club website. It was a real team effort with so much work, as usual going on behind the scenes. It was a real mile stone for us and we’ll be rolling out all the other professionals offerings over the next few days and weeks. For now, my attention turns Northwards, I’m looking forward to calling into these proshops and to know I have the support and backing from Team Finland – a great bunch of lads!



Niall Clancy, Country Manager, Ireland