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Northern Ireland Made for Sport

Sport is a big part of Northern Ireland's culture and with so many home-grown legends from Golfing Greats and Rugby Warriors to Racing 'King of the Road' it's fast becoming the key destination for many international sporting events.

Don't miss out on all the exciting action as 2017 is the year made for sport - Get on your bike, tee off at a top quality golf course, or step into your running shoes and be apart of this amazing sporting year.

marathonRun for charity, run for yourself or just for the craic, lace up those special trainers and be a part of something special.  Now in its 36th year The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon (1 May) is the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland with 17,500 runners expected to hit the streets of Belfast.

For thrill-seeking fans and new recruits alike, The Vauxhall International North West 200  (7 - 13 May) is one not to be missed, attracting the finest line-up of road racers to the superfast circuit across the Causeway Coast. Hitting top speeds of over 200mph, racers will thrill fans who come to enjoy the week long festival of speed.

9T2A1402Northern Ireland will see the third edition of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia (3 - 4 June), so get on your bike and join the thousands of cyclists to challenge your riding skills and experience the amazing historic and iconic climbs along your journey. The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia NI weekend is fast becoming one of the “must-ride” sportives in the UK and Ireland.


2017 is also an exciting year for Northern Ireland golf whether it's playing or spectating, it’s always game on for competitive golf in Northern Ireland.

Royal PortrushBegin the golfing calendar by teeing off at the Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament (5 - 9 June) and be part of history and play in the inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament (3 - 5 July) and experience the most prestigious courses in Belfast.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, (6 - 9 July) hosted by the Rory Foundation will make a welcome return this year, for the first time it will be played on one of the finest links courses Northern Ireland has to offer - Portstewart Golf Course.

Portstewart Golf CourseSet in classic links country amid towering sand dunes with views at every turn of the Donegal hills, the Atlantic and the River Bann, this year's Irish Open is sure to be another huge success with top name golfers world-wide playing at this international event.

A popular favourite and a completely different kind of sport, is the Super Cup Northern Ireland   (23 - 28 July), attracting youth teams from round the world along with talented, young, local players as well as our very own home-grown sporting talent.   

ugpAnother exciting returning highlight in Northern Ireland's road racing calendar is the MCE Ulster Grand Prix (6 - 12 August), holding the record as the fastest road race in the world and attracting many of the top names in road racing.

2017 is also a great year to celebrate women in sport with Northern Ireland hosting two major international events in August, so it's time for the girls to shine and support our very own sporting leading ladies.

PEYE IFA 210The Irish Football Association are hosting the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship  (8 - 20 August) and will be be played at venues across Northern Ireland. A fantastic opportunity to showcase our ladies footballing home-grown talent and inspire women to get involved in the sport. 





The 8th Women’s Rugby World Cup gets underway on 9th August in Dublin, before moving Belfast, for the play-off rounds and final on 26 August at the impressive Kingspan Stadium, home of Ulster rugby. 
It will be jam-packed with lots of events and activities to get involved in and make this Women's World Cup one to remember.


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