Royal Portrush Golf Course, County Antrim

Sport is a big part of Northern Ireland's culture. With so many homegrown legends from golfing greats and International boxing stars to racing 'kings of the road', it's fast becoming the key destination for many international sporting events.

Upcoming Events

Belfast Giants

With the thrilling new 2017-18 season kicking off in August, come to Belfast and catch Northern Ireland's premier ice hockey team, the Belfast Giants, take to the ice in the chase for the Elite League title.

Location: SSE Arena, Belfast

Dates: Various, August 2017 - March 2018

Northern Ireland Made for Golf

2017 was an exciting year for Northern Ireland golf whether playing or spectating and 2018 is already game on for another host of competitive golf events in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Parkland Tournament

Location: Belvoir, Shandon and Royal Belfast

Dates: 23-25 May

Following the success of the inaugural Belfast Parkland Golf Tournament in July 2017, the 2018 tournament has been confirmed with the introduction of Belvoir Park Golf Club as one of the three courses for golfers to play on, including returning favourites Royal Belfast and Shandon Golf Club.

The Open 2019

Location: Royal Portrush Golf Club

Date: 14-21 July 2019

 The 148th Open  will be played at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019, marking a historic return to Northern Ireland for golf’s oldest and most international Championship after nearly 70 years. The Open was last staged at Royal Portrush in 1951, when Max Faulkner became Champion Golfer of the Year.

North West 200

Location: Causeway Coast

Date: 15-19 May

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

Belfast City Marathon

Location: Belfast

Date: 7 May 2018

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.

Super Cup

Location: Coleraine

Date: July 2018

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


Ulster Rally

Location: TBC

Dates: August 2018 

The Ulster Rally - Each year the this event brings many rally fans from all over the world to watch the rally drivers in action as they challenge themselves on Northern Ireland's speedy roads. Each year brings a host of great contenders from the European Rally Trophy, MSA Prestone British Rally Championship and the Clonakilty Blackpudding irish Tramic Rally Championship amongst others.

Ulster Grand Prix

Location: Lisburn

Date: 5-11 August

Another exciting returning highlight in Northern Ireland's road racing calendar will be this years, 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.

Northern Ireland Open

Location: Galgorm Castle, Ballymena, County Antrim

Date: 16-19 August

This year's Northern Ireland Open  will be one of the best supported events on the European Challenge Tour’s international schedule, both with record attendances and depth of field. Having embraced the European Tour’s vision of introducing fresh new ideas and innovation to professional golf with the introduction of Shootout Sunday.

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.


Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive

Location: Causeway Coast, County Antrim

Date: 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.

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