Ireland’s Golf Ambassador Padraig Harrington was joined by Michael Ring, Minister of State of Tourism and Sport in Stackstown Golf Club to begin the build-up for this year’s Irish Open and encourage all golf fans to get behind the event.
Harrington said: "As Ireland’s Golf Ambassador I travel the globe, visiting and experiencing some wonderful places and playing some of the world's best courses, but I always look forward to returning home and playing the unique golf courses of Ireland. I look forward to returning to Fota Island in June to play in this year's Irish Open, which I'm sure will be a fantastic few days for the region."
The 2014 Irish Open will take place in Cork at the magnificent Fota Island’s Deerpark Course from June 19-22nd. Looking forward to this year’s event, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD said that “With the renaissance in Irish Golf over the last decade, the Irish Open is a fantastic opportunity for Ireland to show what it has to offer. Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland continue to work together to promote the island of Ireland as a great golf destination, and as a home of golfing champions. Fáilte Ireland remains committed to the Irish Open and fully appreciates its value in terms of global advertising and exposure.”
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Golf is one of Ireland’s most important tourist activities with 160,000 overseas visitors take part in golf during their visit to Ireland every year, contributing €202 million to the economy. The Irish Open in Cork will provide a massive opportunity to showcase Cork as a place to visit to a global audience through worldwide television coverage over the four days of the tournament and will no doubt provide a significant boost to the local economy and tourism industry.
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