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9 reasons why the 2017 Irish Open will be unmissable

The 2017 Irish Open is not just for golf fans.

Northern Ireland is set to go golf crazy this week as the 2017 Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, kicks off at Portstewart Golf Club.

Co Down golfing champion Rory McIlroy will be aiming to defend his title in front of home fans from July 6-9.

And while there's plenty of sporting action on offer throughout the week, Portstewart will also be a hive of activity with arts and music events planned for all the family.

So here are 9 reasons why this year's Irish Open will be unmissable:

1. Spot the celebs

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Coleraine actor James Nesbitt.

The line-up for this year’s Pro-Am is the best yet with an array of celebrities confirmed including actors Jamie Dornan and James Nesbitt, singer Shane Filan of Westlife, musicians Kevin Baird and Sam Halliday of Two Door Cinema Club, TV presenter Vernon Kay, Hollywood actor Aidan Quinn and football manager Pep Guardiola.

Even if golf isn't your thing, why not pop down to see who you can spot.

2. Golf superstars

Many big names will be playing at this year’s Irish Open including Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Shane Lowry, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Danny Willett, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Ian Poulter - to name a few!

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Rory McIlroy (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Jon Rahm (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Hideki Matsuyama (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
 

3. Music to your ears

Visitors to the Irish Open this year will be spoilt for choice entertainment wise as chart-topping band Two Door Cinema Club will open the event on Wednesday, July 5 following the Pro-Am and Scouting for Girls will close the event on Sunday July 9.

This is the first time a major international recording artist will have performed at the event. Local musical talent will also perform throughout the tournament.

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Two Door Cinema Club will perform at the 2017 Irish Open.

4. Family friendly event

‘Family Tuesday’ on July 4 offers a great day out for families to go and see their golf heroes up close and enjoy some of the many family activities available.

Visitors should be sure to pop into the tented village which will play host to a variety of family-themed activities and entertainment.

5. Hidden gems at Portstewart

There is lots to see and do in Portstewart including a range of places to eat out such as Harry’s Shack and the Anchor Bar, stunning scenery to explore in areas like the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills and those looking for something really adventurous can have a go at surfing or diving.

6. It's a global affair

The event offers the chance to be part of something spectacular as the stunning Northern Irish coastline will be broadcast around the globe to more than 450 million homes.

7. Record breaking event

The 2017 Irish Open is set to be the biggest in the tournament’s history, with an increased prize fund of $7million to be matched by an enhanced fan experience outside of the ropes.

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8. Delicious food and drink

Take some time to relax from the excitement of the golf in the tented village which offers a range of tasty eateries and places to enjoy a refreshing drink.

9. Helping the Rory Foundation

A percentage of all ticket sales will go directly to the Rory Foundation which aims to advance opportunities for children who are suffering from ill health or who are unfairly disadvantaged.

For more information on the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, visit www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com

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