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Lions set to roar at Irish Open on massive day for local sport

By Robert Jones

Local sports fans now won't have to make an 'either or' decision on whether to watch the rugby or go to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation - they can now do both!

The British and Irish Lions' dramatic win against the All Blacks in Wellington last week set up a thrilling Test series finale in Auckland on Saturday (8.35am).

The Irish Open takes place this week at Portstewart Golf Club and organisers have arranged for the rugby clash of the summer to be shown on a huge screen in the Championship Village complex, courtesy of Sky Sports.

While Saturday is traditionally known as 'moving day' in golf, sports fans won't have to move too far to revel in what will be a feast of sporting action both outside and inside the ropes.

To add to the occasion, fans will be able to enjoy live half-time and full-time analysis with rugby legend Rob Kearney.

"Given the huge level of interest, we felt it only right that we should do our level best to make sure that when two great sporting occasions coincide, fans don't have to make a difficult decision, hence our live Sky Sports screening of the Lions decider," said Irish Open Championship Director Simon Alliss.

"In terms of sporting Saturdays, they really don't come much better than this!"

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