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.  

Upcoming Events

Super Cup

Location: Coleraine

Date: 23-28 July

A popular favourite and a completely different kind of sport, is the Super Cup Northern Ireland 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

Location: Lisburn

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.

Ulster Rally

Location: Derry~Londonderry

Dates: 18 - 19 August

The John Mulholland Ulster Rally is set to return for the second time to County Londonderry this August. There will be some great contenders from the European Rally Trophy, MSA Prestone British Rally Championship and the Clonakilty Blackpudding irish Tramic Rally Championship. It will be an action-packed fun day out for all the family.  Find out more at Ulster Rally.

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

Location: Various

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 the 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.

Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive


Location: Causeway Coast, County Antrim

Date: 9 September

The Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive is a unique road cycling event based on the iconic North Coast of Ireland that offer an unforgettable cycling experience through some of the most breath-taking landscapes in Ireland.

This popular, non-competitive event will take place along the stunning North Coast and through the magical Glens of Antrim and attracts over 1000 participants.

Sporting Events in 2017

Northern Ireland made for golf

(Courtesy of Derek Robinson).

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

The golfing calendar began by teeing off at the Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament (5 - 9 June) then the inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament (3 - 5 July) played host to some of the most prestigious courses in Belfast.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, (4 - 9 July) was hosted by the Rory Foundation made a welcome return this year, for the first time it was played on one of the finest links courses in Northern Ireland - Portstewart Golf Course.   

Gran Fondo Giro d'italia

Location: Various

Date: June 2017

Northern Ireland seen the third edition of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia with thousands of cyclists taking to Northern Ireland's roads challenging their riding skills. It was a unique riding experience for the cyclists with amazing historic and iconic climbs along the journey.

North West 200

Location: Causeway Coast

Date: May 2017

For thrill-seeking fans and new recruits alike, The Vauxhall International North West 200 attracted the finest line-up of road racers to the superfast circuit across the Causeway Coast.

Belfast City Marathon

Location: Belfast

Date: May Bank Holiday

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon  is the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland with more than 17,500 runners expected to hit the streets of Belfast each year.

Check out our sports events page for more upcoming sporting events.