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Rory McIlroy recruits AP McCoy, Pat Jennings, Shane Warne, Patrick Kielty and Jamie Redknapp for Irish Open

By Ali Gordon

Published 05/05/2015

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 03: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the par 4, 4th hole during his championship match in the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Jockey AP McCoy prepares to ride his 20th Grand National on Day 3 of the Aintree races at Aintree Racecourse on April 11, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Jamie Redknapp attends the Sky Red Carpet Dinner during Advertising Week Europe on March 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Advertising Week)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Patrick Kielty attends the "Follies In Concert" gala performance in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 85th birthday year at Royal Albert Hall on April 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Tourism NI has announced the exciting list of celebrities taking part in the Pro Am competition at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation Royal County Down on May 27.

Recently-retired horse racing legend AP McCoy leads the pack of famous faces and well known names in Newcastle for the Pro Am competition.  This will be his first major engagement since announcing his retirement and sports fans are expected to give him a rapturous welcome as he tees off.

Footballing great, Pat Jennings, who played for Northern Ireland, as well as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, is hoping to score a win as well as former Ulster Rugby star, Stephen Ferris.

The so-called, ‘king of spin’, former Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, regarded as one of the best bowlers in the history of the game, will get the chance to show off his skills with another type of ball.

Hollywood star and Northern Ireland man James Nesbitt will also take part in the competition as well as former footballer, commentator and presenter Jamie Redknapp and former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor.

Dundrum funny man Patrick Kielty is another famous face who will be looking for local support as he makes his way to the 18th hole.  And Irish broadcaster, George Hook, who is also an author and rugby pundit, will fight for his chance to be crowned the Pro Am champion. George is the presenter of drive time show, The Right Hook, on Irish radio station, Newstalk Radio.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, said the ‘star power’ will bring an extra dimension of fun for those who come to enjoy the competition.

Arlene Foster added: “More than 80,000 spectators are expected to visit one of our most popular and scenic seaside towns and already tens of thousands of tickets have been sold for the event.

“We hope that all of the Pro Am players, celebrities or not, plus their family and friends, enjoy their time in Northern Ireland and we will watch with great interest to see who is crowned the ultimate victor on May 27.”

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