Belfast Telegraph

Rory McIlroy gets stag party started with boat trip

By Caitlin McBride

He won't be walking up the aisle until New Year's Eve, but Rory McIlroy is making the most of his stag celebrations.

The Holywood-born golf star (27) is expected to wed PGA employee Erica Stoll (29) in Ashford Castle on New Year's Eve, but he was spotted on an early 'stag' in Dublin over the weekend.

Dublin Bay Cruises posted a photo of the former world number one with friends and family, including his best friend Harry Diamond, enjoying the cruise between Howth and Dun Laoghaire on Friday.

McIlroy hit headlines around the world earlier this week when he announced he had withdrawn from competing at the Rio Olympics over fears of the Zika virus, saying he was keen to start a family with his fiancee soon.

The pair have been spending more and more time in Dublin in recent months, making the most of the summer in the capital.

The star has been quick to praise his girlfriend of nearly two years, who he proposed to after just a year of dating, because she is only in the spotlight to support him.

"Erica has been around me quite a lot at tournaments but we have really just tried to keep it low key," he said.

"She is not the kind to broadcast stuff, but that side of my life is really good just now. We are excited, our parents are excited so it is a really happy time.

"She has been a great influence on me and has given such a great balance to my life - between who I am when people see me out here and who I am at home."

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