Belfast Telegraph

Thanks a million Rory, charities tell golf superstar

By Ed Carty

Golf star Rory McIlroy has secured close to one million euro for three children's charities on the back of the Irish Open.

Barretstown, which runs camps for seriously ill youngsters and their families, the Jack & Jill Foundation, which helps families with brain damaged children, and the LauraLynn Children's Hospice were given €317,000 each.

McIlroy said: "While winning the Irish Open this year meant a lot to me, being able to give my prize money to three local children's charities made it all feel much more special.

"I can think of no charities as worthy or deserving of support than Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children's Hospice.

"I'm so proud of how much my Foundation raised and I'm already looking forward to new projects in 2017."

The money was raised after four-time major winner McIlroy, from Holywood, Co Down, donated his €666,000 winnings for lifting the title at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at The K Club back in May. A percentage of each ticket sold for the event also went to the fundraising campaign.

Barretstown will use the cash to help pay for a new dining hall at their Naas campus, while Jack & Jill will pay for more than 19,800 hours of home nursing care and the LauraLynn hospice can use it to cover the cost of two clinical nurse specialists.

The Rory Foundation already supports Daisy Lodge in Co Down, an organisation for children suffering from cancer and other serious illness, which received a £1m boost from the golfer's charity in 2014.

In the past, McIlroy's Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to Mencap NI, a charity that works alongside children and young people with a learning disability.

Dee Ahearn, Barretstown chief executive, said: "The impact this funding will have on the lives of the children with serious illness we serve will be huge," she said.

Next year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is due to take place at Portstewart Golf Club from July 6-9.

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