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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.”

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ,, 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 -

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