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Minister for sport Jeremy Wright at the Giant’s Causeway with National Trust NI director Heather McLachlan

Minister for sport Jeremy Wright at the Giant’s Causeway with National Trust NI director Heather McLachlan

Minister for sport Jeremy Wright at the Giant’s Causeway with National Trust NI director Heather McLachlan

Sport minister Jeremy Wright MP has visited Royal Portrush to learn more about the preparations being made for staging The 148th Open in July.

The global sporting spotlight will shine on the famous Dunluce links this summer when golf's original championship returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

Tens of thousands of fans will flock to the Antrim coast to watch Francesco Molinari defend the iconic Claret Jug against the world's greatest golfers, including Co Down's Rory McIlroy.

"In four months' time the eyes of the sporting world will be on Northern Ireland for the most prestigious Championship in golf," said Mr Wright. "The Championship is a wonderful opportunity to promote the best of Northern Ireland to the world, both as a host of major sporting events and as a leading visitor destination."

Belfast Telegraph