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Darren Clarke thanks stranger who paid his toll booth fee as he kicks off Ryder Cup tour in Northern Ireland

You can get a look at the Ryder Cup in Belfast on Wednesday

By Claire Williamson

Published 12/04/2016

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016
European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

It was a random act of kindness paid to one of our sporting stars.

Darren Clarke may be a household name and a face recognised around the world - but the rules of the toll booth still apply to the Dungannon man.

Clarke who will captain the European Ryder Cup team later this year did not have any Euro change as he approached the northbound M1 toll station from Dublin.

So a good Samaritan stepped up and paid the €1.90 for the golfing star.

He later tweeted his thanks.


 

Clarke is currently in Northern Ireland as part of a transatlantic tour to showcase the Ryder Cup.

On Tuesday he took the Ryder Cup to his home club of Royal Portrush.

 

The trophy will visit a number of European destinations over the coming months, helping to build excitement ahead of September's showdown between Europe and the US at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

After being hand-delivered to Royal Portrush by Clarke, the Ryder Cup visited Portrush harbour and Dunluce Castle.

On Wednesday, fans will have the opportunity to get close to the coveted prize in Belfast.

The Ryder Cup will be on public display at City Hall in Belfast from 9.00am-10.30am and The Dome at Victoria Square from 11.00am-9.00pm.

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