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Tourism NI celebrates The Open golf championship coming to Northern Ireland

  • Tourism NI started the build-up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a major event recently to celebrate talented people from across Northern Ireland from the fields of sport, music, media television, and the arts.

    To mark the start of the official build-up to the 148th Open at Royal Portrush, Tourism NI recently ran its "Eyes on The Open" event with support from global golf icons Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke. The event was hosted by Claire McCollum and Stephen Watson and included a screening of a short film by award-winning director and producer Martin Stalker.

    The event also included sport panels with record-breaking champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy OBE and four-time Superbike world champion Jonathan Rea MBE. Thre are just a few months to go until Northern Ireland hosts the 148th Open, and anticipation is already building for tens of thousands of golf supporters who will descend on Dunluce Links.

    "The ambitious plans set out ten years ago have transformed N.I and our ambitions for the future as just as big. Our golfing story is a global success and that has brought us right here tonight as we look forward to 190,000 fans and visitors from across the globe descending on Royal Portrush in July for the biggest sporting event held in N.I," commented Terence Brannigan, Tourism N.I Chairman.

    The Open will take place on 14th to 21st July 2019. Tourism NI’s marketing and PR plans for the event include a promotional tour entitled “Epic Journey to the Open 2019” that will visit communities, schools, and golf clubs in every county of Northern Ireland as well as a visit to Dublin City. This will be the first time in 70 years that The Open has been held at Royal Portrush, and demand for tickets has been high with all four championship days being sold out already.

     Source: Tourism NI Press Release

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