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Former Ireland rugby captian Brian O'Driscoll

Former Ireland rugby captian Brian O'Driscoll

Three-year-old Sevie Trowlen from Co Antrim hits a ball on the driving range before the pro-am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club

Three-year-old Sevie Trowlen from Co Antrim hits a ball on the driving range before the pro-am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation at the K Club

Jockey Ruby Walsh with four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy and former jockey AP McCoy

Jockey Ruby Walsh with four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy and former jockey AP McCoy

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Snooker's  Dennis Taylor pictured with  World Junior Championship winner Tom McKibbin

Snooker's Dennis Taylor pictured with World Junior Championship winner Tom McKibbin

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Former Ireland rugby captian Brian O'Driscoll

Stars of sport, entertainment and even royalty of the blue-blooded variety all descended on the K Club yesterday as golfer Rory McIlroy hosted a special charity pro-am tournament.

The wealthy and well-known rubbed shoulders with professional golfers all in the name of a good cause at the Kildare club and before the real action gets under way at the Irish Open this morning.

The team listings read like a comprehensive who's who of Ireland's elite.

On McIlroy's team were JP McManus and fellow Northern Irishman former champion jockey AP McCoy.

On his dad Gerry's team One Direction's Niall Horan took to the green, trailed by a crowd of teenage fans keen for selfies and signatures.

Rugby star Brian O'Driscoll, Prince Albert of Monaco and K-Club owner Michael Smurfit also got a round in.

But McIlroy's charity the Rory Foundation was the star of the show. As the sun shone in Straffan the true nature of the event emerged time and again.

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Before teeing off Rory posed with a patient of the Lauralynn Hospice, Martin Gibson O'Gara (6), and his family. Afterwards his mum Sarah said it was a "special day" for the family.

And at the driving range three-year-old Sevie Trowlen from Glenavy showed spectators why he has already been tipped as the next Rory as he demonstrated his awesome swing.


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