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Shannon Airport Police Fire Service staff Declan Lynch and Eugene Fawl who are pictured here with Tiger Woods. 

SHANNON AIRPORT and the Mid-West’s economy has experienced a lift with the hosting of the star-studded JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor.

Thirty private jets carrying some of the world’s top golfers landed in Shannon Airport before teeing off for the sixth staging of the JP McManus Pro-Am.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Jordan Speith and Bryson DeChambeau were among the golfers to touch down at Shannon. Tiger, a fifteen-time major winner partook in his first event since the USA PGA Championship at the end of May, a huge crowd flocked after the golf icon during his time on the fairways. Speith played at Lahinch Golf Club over the weekend subsequent to his arrival.

Ten of the world’s top 11 ranked golfers were in Adare plus the current holders of the four Major championships, Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa. Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, Leona Maguire, Shane Lowry and Seamus Power were all part of the field.

Cratloe’s Joe McGrath, a member of Shannon Golf Club and Killaloe’s Keith Wood were among those flying the Clare flag.

Other notable faces taking part were singer Niall Horan, actors Bill Murray and Jamie Dornan, former Premier League footballers Kenny Dalglish, John Terry and Alan Hansen, businessman Denis O’Brien, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary and former Minister for Finance, Charlie McGreevy.

Since its inception in 1990, the internationally recognised Pro-Am has helped raise over €140 million for charitable organisations in the Mid-West region of Ireland. All funds raised are distributed in their entirety to the beneficiaries.

CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine acknowledged that the event had raised vital funds for several charities in the Mid-West but also generated an economic benefit felt across the entire region.

She stated, “We were delighted to welcome players and golf enthusiasts to the airport and we know that the hospitality and accommodation sectors in particular are experiencing a significant positive bounce from the event. Organising a tournament of this magnitude takes huge commitment and hard work. JP and the McManus family, the tournament organisers, the team at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort and the host of volunteers have done a tremendous job”.

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