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Lahinch to host 2019 Irish Open; a ‘significant boost’ for Clare

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THE announcement today by the European Tour that Lahinch Golf Club, County Clare, is to host the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has been welcomed locally by Clare County Council and An Garda Síochána.

Mayor of Clare, Councillor Tom McNamara, has described the Irish Open as a “prestige event” for sport in Ireland.

“The hosting of the Irish Open in Lahinch will deliver a significant boost to the local economy and will showcase County Clare to an international audience,” stated the Mayor.

Ex Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, who championed Lahinch’s cause, pictured at Lahinch Golf Club,
Pic. Brian Arthur.

Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, said, “I want to congratulate the President and Club Captain of Lahinch Golf Club on what is a landmark achievement in the 126-year history of the club. We look forward to welcoming thousands of people to the county for an event that will provide a unique opportunity to showcase Clare as an excellent golfing and tourism destination.”

John Kerin, Clare Garda Chief Superintendent, has welcomed the announcement, adding, “An Garda Síochána looks forward to working with Lahinch Golf Club, Clare County Council, the local community and all other stakeholders in supporting the hosting of this prestigious event which will bring thousands of visitors and revenue to Clare, along with some of the world’s leading golfers.”


Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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