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Translink to provide discounted travel for Northern Ireland Open spectators

Published 20/07/2016

Translink service delivery manager John Morgan and Ulsterbus Inspector Danny Halliday with Galgorm Castle’s Ross Oliver and the trophy for the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank.
Translink service delivery manager John Morgan and Ulsterbus Inspector Danny Halliday with Galgorm Castle’s Ross Oliver and the trophy for the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank.

Translink will be providing discounted transport to spectators travelling to the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle.

The tournament tees-off on Thursday, July 28 at the Co Antrim venue just outside Ballymena.

Translink’s John Morgan says using public transport will be a hassle-free way to catch all the action: “This summer, we’ve a wide range of discount bus, coach and train tickets available to bring visitors to Ballymena to enjoy the golf and get home safely.

“Get on board our 218 and 219 Goldline coach service or hop on the train for fast and comfortable travel to and from the town with the added benefit of free Wifi to keep an eye on the latest golf results.

“Once you arrive at Ballymena station, use our free frequent shuttle bus service, taking you right to the NI Open entrance and we’ll also provide a free shuttle service from Ballee Park & Ride throughout the four-day event.”

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Every year the Northern Ireland Open breaks the European Challenge Tour attendance records as almost 40,000 came through the gates in 2015.

This year organisers are confident they can attract in the region of 45,000, especially when the NI Open is free to enter and there is so much to see and do during tournament week.

Tickets are free and available at the tournament website.

Practice days take place on Monday and Tuesday (July 25, 26) before the Pro-Am on Wednesday.

One Direction’s Niall Horan, Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings and former Ulster and Lions rugby player Stephen Ferris will be playing.

“We’re delighted Translink has become an official partner to the Northern Ireland Open,” said Galgorm Castle’s Ross Oliver.

“With Translink on board it allows visitors and spectators to use public transport as a way of getting to the venue and also to get home at the end of the day.

“One of the easiest ways to plan your trip is by using the Journey Planner link on the tournament website niopen.golf or via the new NI Open app.”

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