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Excitement In Lahinch As 2019 Irish Open Pro-Am Is In Full Swing

The Pro-Am ahead of the 2019 Irish is the big draw today (Wednesday) at Lahinch Golf Club as the stars of sport, screen and music descend on the famous links course. One of the first groups away this morning saw Clare hurling star Shane O’Donnell tee up with fellow All Ireland winners Cian Lynch and Joe Canning, as they took to the course with home fan favourite Shane Lowry. Former Clare manager and All-Ireland winner Davy Fitzgerald was also taking part as he joined up with former champion Jamie Donaldson alongside boyband stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden. Other famous names involved in today’s round include One Direction star Niall Horan and impressionist Conor Moore, with GAA stars like Kieran Donaghy, Tomás O’Sé, Conor McManus and David Burke are also part of the field. Rugby is well represented with Killaloe native and Munster & Ireland legend Keith Wood playing with former team-mate Paul O’Connell, while two of the greats of …

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Heartbreak For Clare U20 Footballers In Waterford Defeat

Six second half wides and a controversial late penalty call proved Clare’s undoing in Dungarvan on Tuesday night as Waterford secured their first Munster championship win in thirteen years with a 1-10 to 1-9 win The sides were level on six occasions in an action-packed encounter before Déise centre back Tom Barron, younger brother of All Star hurler Jamie, landed a last minute winner. Extra time seemed a certainty when Clare full forward Diarmuid O’Donnell addressed a 66th minute free but he sent it right and wide. Dermot Coughlan also had a penalty appeal turned down by Tipperary whistler Seanie Lonergan as he made his return from injury   Darragh Corcoran was Waterford’s go-to man all night. The St Saviours forward kicked 1-7 (1-3 from play) in his first underage football game for the county. Amazingly, the home side only had a month to prepare for this competition as Gavin Whelan was a late appointment. They lost 13 games in a row …

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Smyth Hoping For Home Winner Of Lahinch Irish Open

Des Smyth may not have ever won the Irish Open during his playing days, but that has not stopped him from championing the event as its official ambassador. The Louth native is looking forward to this year’s event at Lahinch when the biggest day in Irish golf comes to Clare for the first time. Smyth is no stranger to Lahinch having played in the South of Ireland in his amateur days and also competed in a match-play event at the North Clare venue. He admits he was pleased when he heard that the Irish Open would be held there in 2019. “I thought it was great news to have it here. It is a great opportunity for Lahinch and it has been one of the great courses in Ireland for years now. They have improved the golf course and dropped the par down to 70 for the tournament so it will be a very strict par. I think the players …

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Foley Looking Forward To Lasting Legacy From Irish Open At Lahinch

With the countdown to the 2019 Irish Open at Lahinch almost over, excitement at the North Clare course is reaching fever pitch. The Championship Village and on-site facilities are all on show, while markers on approach roads are reminding anyone who may not have already heard that the biggest golf show in the country is coming to town. While Lahinch Golf Club is no stranger to hosting big events, this is without question the most prestigious tournament to ever be played over the famous links. It will be an event that will live in the memory long after the grandstands have been dismantled and ,will leave a legacy for future generations. It will also leave lasting memories for those who are at the coalface of the club on a day-to-day basis and 2019 will always be the year that Eamon Foley was men’s captain at Lahinch Golf Club when the Irish Open rolled into town. The Cork native has had …

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McGinley Full Of Praise For Work Undertaken In Lahinch Ahead Of The Irish Open

2019 Irish Open host Paul McGinley is heaping praise on the local community and the local authority for the works undertaken to get Lahinch ready for this week’s historic event. With the eyes of the sporting world set to fall on Clare over the next few days, a huge programme of works have seen the village and its environs undergo a major face-lift in preparation for the spotlight to come. Some of these including works on the main promenade in Lahinch along with works to improve the approach roads to the area and painting of buildings. McGinley joked: “Someone said to me at the airport that if a dog sat down for five minutes he would have been painted because there were so many things been painted so the whole engagement from the local community has been tremendous and we really appreciate that”. The Dublin native has a long tradition with Lahinch and is proud of how the event is …

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Lowry And Fleetwood Among The Early Starters For Opening Round Of Irish Open

Home favourite Shane Lowry is among the early starters for the opening round of the 2019 Irish Open in Lahinch. The Clara man will get his bid for a second title underway at 8.40am on Thursday morning, alongside defending champion Russell Knox and Tommy Fleetwood. The trio will play together for the opening two rounds. Graeme McDowell is out 10 minutes earlier and he will be alongside Martin Kaymer and Thorbjorn Olsesen. A full list of the tee-times are available here

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