Whipping up support for Irish Open

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

Champion Jockey Johnny Murtagh with Tony Lenehan, F�ilte Ireland checking out the 17th Hole at Carton House ahead of the Irish Open and the Pro-Am which he is playing in with the Golf Ireland team on Wednesday.  Picture:  Fran Caffrey / www.golffile.ie
Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh visited Carton House ahead of the Irish Open which takes place this weekend. Kildare is set for a busy sporting weekend with the The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby also taking place nearby in the Curragh.

Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh visited Carton House ahead of the Irish Open which takes place this weekend. Kildare is set for a busy sporting weekend with the The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby also taking place nearby in the Curragh.

Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Golf, Tony Lenehan adds, “If you love sport, this is the weekend for you and Kildare is the place to be. Even if you just like a good mixture of spectacle, excitement and socialising then make sure you get out of the traps and book your ticket now.”

Four Irish Major Champions – Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy - will compete at Carton House along with Carton’s Touring Professional, Shane Lowry, a host of Tour winners and Ryder Cup stars including 2014 captain Paul McGinley.

The stage is set for a superb platform for the event’s return to the Republic of Ireland after a visit to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland last year. To complement the sporting action, Maynooth, Celbrigde and Leixlip - the “Three Irish Open Towns” as they are known locally - have joined forces to ensure that local tourism and business interests embrace the Irish Open as an opportunity to promote all that is great about the county. Download the “Three Irish Open Towns” events guide click here.

Find out more about the Irish Open at www.discoverireland.ie/irishopen