Kingspan stadium, Belfast - Courtesy of John Dickson
Sport is a big part of Northern Ireland's culture. With so many homegrown legends from golfing greats and rugby warriors to racing 'kings 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.
Belfast City Marathon
Date: 1 May 2017
Run 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 is the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland with 17,500 runners expected to hit the streets of Belfast.
North West 200
Location: Causeway Coast
Date: 7-13 May 2017
For thrill-seeking fans and new recruits alike, The Vauxhall International North West 200 is one not to be missed, attracting the finest line-up of road racers to the superfast circuit across the Causeway Coast.
Gran Fondo Giro d'italia
Date: 3-4 June 2017
Northern Ireland will see the third edition of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia 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.
Northern Ireland made for golf
(Courtesy of Derek Robinson).
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.
Begin 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
Date: 23-28 July
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.
Ulster Grand Prix
Date: 6-12 August 2017
Another exciting returning highlight in Northern Ireland's road racing calendar is the MCE Ulster Grand Prix 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.
Northern Ireland Open
Location: Galgorm Castle, Ballymena, County Antrim
Date: 10-13 August 2017
Now in its fifth year, the NI Open is one of the best supported events on the European Challenge Tour’s international schedule, both with record attendances and depth of field. Now in 2017, the NI Open has embraced the European Tour’s vision of introducing fresh new ideas and innovation to professional golf with the introduction of Shootout Sunday.
Taking place at its perennial home, Galgorm Castle will see 156 players teeing it up ahead of the traditional 36-hole cut. A 54-hole cut will then be followed by five rounds of six-hole strokeplay matches in what will be a high octane and dramatic #ShootoutSunday.
UEFA European womens's under-19 championship
Date: 8-20 August
The Irish Football Association are hosting the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship 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.
Women's Rugby World Cup
Location: Belfast, Dublin
Date: 9-26 August
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 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.
Check out our sports events page for more upcoming sporting events.