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Irish Open to return to Northern Ireland in 2015 and 2017

3 April 2014

The European Tour today confirmed that the Irish Open will return to Northern Ireland in 2015 and 2017, with Royal County Down Golf Club hosting next year’s event from 28 - 31 May 2015, followed by Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh in three years’ time.

It will be the first time in 76 years that the Irish Open has been played at the world famous Royal County Down in Newcastle, as Northern Ireland hosts the event for only the second time in the last 60 years, following the hugely successful 2012 edition at Royal Portrush.

Record crowds watched Jamie Donaldson’s victory at Royal Portrush two years ago, making it The European Tour’s first ‘sold out’ tournament.

Now, following an agreement between The European Tour, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the event will return to Northern Ireland for the 11th time next year, before returning again in 2017 when Lough Erne Resort hosts an Irish Open for the first time.

Given the anticipated high demand, the 2015 Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club is likely to be another all-ticket affair, with tickets going on sale with immediate effect via www.europeantour.com/tickets on a first come-first served basis.

Royal County Down Golf Club was recently voted fourth on Golf Digest’s 2014 list of the World’s Top 100 Courses, underlining its reputation on the global golfing stage.

The Irish Open’s return to Northern Ireland reinforces our reputation as a golfing destination and position at the forefront of the game, following the ground-breaking success of its players on the global stage.

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Places To Visit

Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle

Royal County Down is located in one of the world's most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificant backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne.

Lough Erne Resort (Golf), Ross Inner, Enniskillen

Lough Erne Resort is home 2 Championship Golf Courses, including The Faldo Course; designed by Six time Major winner Nick Faldo, The Faldo Championship Course is his first golf course design in Ireland.

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