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Rory McIlroy's charity foundation shuts down

Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy.

A charity foundation set up by Co Down golfer Rory McIlroy has ceased operations.

The Irish News has reported that 'The Rory Foundation' closed down in December.

A spokeswoman from the group that handled press enquiries for the foundation told the newspaper that it was "no longer active".

She said that McIlroy "is adopting a private philanthropic policy".

The Holywood-born star set up the foundation in 2013 to support children's charities.

It went on to raise millions of pounds for good causes, with McIlroy donating significant amounts of his own money to the organisation.

Among the projects supported by The Rory Foundation were the opening of Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, Co Down, a short-break centre for children and young people with cancer and their families.

The foundation has also acted as the official tournament host for the Irish Open since 2015.

Speaking at a launch event in 2013 McIlroy said that he was inspired to set up the organisation because of the support of his parents.

"When I was younger my parents sacrificed everything to allow me to play the game I love. Having that support from my family gave me the opportunity to chase my dreams. But I know that every child is not so fortunate," he said.

Rory McIlroy at the launch of Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children's therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle, Co Down
Rory McIlroy at the launch of Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children's therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle, Co Down

"My aim is that The Rory Foundation will support children's charities big and small, around the world, that try to give kids that helping hand."

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