*Ennistymon. Photograph: Martin Connolly There has been a “relatively easonable” short-term impact on business in Clare since the outbreak of coronavirus however the long-term effect “has the potential to be as catastrophic for business as the Lehman collapse,” one hotelier has warned.
*2019 DDF Irish Open Winner, Jon Rahm. Photograph: Getty Images Weekend crowds attending the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club reached maximum capacity emulating the 2012 event at Royal Portrush Golf Club by selling out on Saturday and Sunday.
*Photograph: Martin Connolly Paul McGinley made the statement on Tuesday “if a dog sat down for five minutes he would have got painted”, though County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote may not like to hear it, there is truth in what McGinley said such was the amount of work undertaken by Clare County Council in preparation …
*Padraig Harrington pictured at the DDF Irish Open Pro-Am in Lahinch Golf Club on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Arthur Sporting events in Ireland tend to be unique according to Padraig Harrington who maintained Lahinch Golf Club hosting The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is no different.
*Russell Knox celebrates winning the 2018 DDF Irish Open. Photograph: Getty Images Having grown up in North Scotland playing on similar courses to Lahinch, Russell Knox is hoping this will be enough to see him become only the seventh golfer to successfully defend The Irish Open title.
*Paul O’Connell. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images Having The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Lahinch is the sporting event the Mid-West has needed according to former Irish rugby captain, Paul O’Connell.