Up to the early 1930’s locals were allowed have donkeys on the links for grazing purposes. That practice stopped in the early 1930’s but sheep were subsequently allowed on to the course for grazing in the winter months.
In the 1950’s a fee of £50 was paid for grazing sheep from 1 October to 31 March. At the Annual General Meeting of the Club in 1956 the practice of allowing sheep on to the course ceased as a result of a motion proposed by Dr. M.J. Roberts and seconded by John Burke.
The goats were a constant presence on the course from the early 1950’s. They were owned by Tommy Walsh (a former employee of the West Clare Railway for over 40 years) and his wife the powerful and commanding Mary Nagle from Bartra just outside Lahinch. At night time Tommy would take the goats home but release them on to the links early the next morning. The goats were benign animals and on a fine day always made their way down to the outer regions of the links. On a wet day they took sanctuary close to the Club House.
On the 22 April 1962, the minutes record Gregory Young suggesting Lahinch try and procure a better quality crest with a more modern design. On 9 September 1962, Ronnie Deakin proposed that the good offices of Dr. Patrick MacClancy (“Call me Patrick not Paddy”) be utilised to get in touch with the Chief Herald with a view to registering a new Club crest. P MacClancy got in touch with Chief Herald and a Committee meeting held on 6 October 1963 approved a new design for the crest – the Shamrock, the thistle, the goat and the word Lahinch Golf Club would be arranged in a pattern that would suit a crest and be worn on a blazer as well as being depicted on the Club Flag. Tommy Walsh died in 1972 while his wife, Mary, passed away in Ennistymon in the early 1980’s.
On Sunday 4 June 2017, Captains Jacqueline Joyce and Padraig Slattery unveiled a bronze ‘Rampant Goat’ statue as part of the Clubs 125 Anniversary celebrations. The renowned Sculptor, Seamus Connolly from Kilbaha was commissioned to create our bronze friend and we are confident that his image will be seen in all corners of the world over the coming years.