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Rory who? Holly Sweeney and friends enjoy a night on the town

Holly Sweeney put her recent split from US Open champion Rory McIlroy behind her as she enjoyed an evening out with friends Clare Graham and Sarah Beck at Benedicts in Belfast last night for the Northern Ireland heat of Miss Ireland.

Rory McIlroy’s former girlfriend showed the golf superstar what he was missing last night as she hit the town with her friends.

Looking stunning in a figure-hugging nude-coloured mini dress — which showed off her toned legs and black killer heels — Holly Sweeney enjoyed a night on the tiles in Belfast.

Sipping cocktails by the bar with a group of friends, the glam cheerleader looked as if her ex was the last thing on her mind as she watched the finals of the Miss Belfast competition in Benedict’s.

The night out came as McIlroy's agent, Chubby Chandler, confirmed Holly was in the process of packing up her things following the couple’s shock break-up last month.

He added that no firm date for her departure from the house in Moneyreagh, Co Down, has been discussed.

The pair, who were childhood sweethearts, broke up just before US Open champion Rory’s under-par performance at The Open in Sandwich.

Since then the Holywood man has been linked with Monaco-based Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki.

The pair met shortly after Rory won his first Major and are believed to have spent five days together in the south of France a fortnight ago.

According to his agent, part of the reason for Rory’s desire to spend more time away from the UK is the goldfish bowl existence he has endured since that stunning US Open victory in June.

The world number four announced his intention to spend more time in the United States — he's shopping around for a new place in Florida — just before the WGC Bridgestone Invitational event, which got under way in Ohio yesterday.

He is not expected back in Northern Ireland until the end of August after the final Major of the year, the USPGA championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

Meanwhile, Holly, whose friends and fans have rallied around her in support following the split, has been posting regular updates on Twitter.

And she recently used the public social networking forum to post photos of herself waterskiing in Dubai — where Rory has considerable business interests — and her new pink hairstyle.

Last week the pretty gymnast and cheerleader told followers she was “making cardboard boxes along with bubble wrap and sellotape”, perhaps signalling that she was getting ready to move.

Yesterday she posted a famous quote from the legendary American comedian Jack Benny: “Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.”

Heightened media interest in his former, and alleged current, girlfriends, influenced Rory’s move to the US.

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