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Pep Guardiola joins golfing superstar McIlroy for an 'Evening with Rory'

Rory McIlroy was in Belfast this evening for an all-star charity event ahead of the Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club this week.

Hosting the evening in aid of his charity the Rory Foundation, the golfing superstar was joined by Pep Guardiola and actor James Nesbitt.

The event was attended by almost 3,000 people with the crowd including members of Two Door Cinema Club, former Irish rugby player Stephen Ferris, and golfer Tom McKibbin.

Speaking at the event, McIlroy said: "I know I always say it but I love coming home - there’s no place like it. There’s just so many familiar faces here this evening, which is really amazing to see. I’m excited to have Pep Guardiola here in Northern Ireland.

"It’s a great thing he’s joining us this evening and I’m really looking forward to him playing in tomorrow’s Pro Am tomorrow at Portstewart."

Rory McIlroy and Pep Guardiola also spoke about their their careers to date.

The Rory Foundation - which recently donated €1.2 million to Cancer Fund for Children for an upcoming project - will host the Irish Open this week for a third year in a row.

A percentage of ticket sales will go to the foundation which raises money to support children's charities.

Beneficiaries of the fund have included Northern Ireland-based charities Cancer Fund for Children, Mencap NI and Sport Changes Life, and Republic of Ireland-based charities Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children's Hospice. 

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