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Jamie Dornan and James Nesbitt among 2017 Irish Open Pro-Am stars

The 2017 Irish Open takes place from July 4-9.

Northern Ireland actors Jamie Dornan and James Nesbitt are among the famous faces taking part in the 2017 Irish Open Pro-Am event next week.

A host of stars from the world of sport, film and television will compete in the golfing tournament on Wednesday, July 5 at Portstewart Golf Club.

Also set to play are TV presenter Vernon Kay and Hollywood actor Aidan Quinn, who will fly in from the US specially to participate.

Representing the world of music will be former Westlife singer Shane Filan, as well as Kevin Baird and Sam Halliday from Two Door Cinema Club - before they officially open the tournament with a concert at the Golf Club.

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Ex-Westlife favourite Shane Filan

From the sporting world is Manchester City Manager and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

The Pro-Am line-up also includes Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, champion ex-snooker player Dennis Taylor and ex Northern Ireland, Tottenham and Arsenal footballer, Pat Jennings.

Completing the representation of the sporting world is the voice of golf himself, BBC commentator Peter Allis.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Speaking about the huge event, host Rory McIlroy said: “I think this is one of the best Pro-Am line-ups you could ask for.

"We’re certainly in for an entertaining day and I’m delighted everyone wants to come here and play. There’s no better place to come and play golf than Northern Ireland. It’s nice to be able to call this place home."

Tourism NI Chief Executive, John McGrillen, added: “Tourism NI is delighted to have worked with the Rory Foundation on this year’s Pro Am star line up.

"The Irish Open has gone from strength to strength since returning to Northern Ireland five years ago. The tournament is an investment in our tourism industry that will pay dividends for decades to come, drawing visitors from across Ireland and further afield and making a vital contribution to local economies."

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