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Portrush tees up £6m revamp to greet The Open

By Staff Reporter

Portrush is getting into the swing of things ahead of the return of The Open with a multi-million pound transformation.

Around £6m will be spent in the Co Antrim resort as it gets set to host golf's oldest and most prestigious tournament in 2019.

The event in July 2019 is expected to generate more than £120m for the economy.

It will be the first time The Open has come to Northern Ireland since 1951, and is expected to attract in excess of 200,000 visitors.

TV pictures will be beamed into an estimated 600m homes worldwide. In light of this expectation, construction work will begin in the coming weeks following the appointment of FP McCann.

The work will transform the heart of the seaside town centre and includes improvements to Main Street, Dunluce Avenue and Eglinton Street. The public realm scheme is part of a wider regeneration programme which also includes the delivery of a new train station and Urban Development Grants for those in the private sector.

This, combined with recent investment at Station Square, West Bay promenade and East Strand, should help to ensure that Portrush keeps its place at the top of the tourism leaderboard.

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