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Ireland confirmed as host of Ryder Cup on ‘great day’ for country

The JP McManus-owned Adare Manor in Co Limerick will host the major golf tournament.

Adare Manor has been confirmed as the host venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup (Handout/PA)
Adare Manor has been confirmed as the host venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup (Handout/PA)

The announcement that Ireland will stage the 2026 Ryder Cup marks a “great day” for the country, the CEO of the host venue has said.

The JP McManus-owned Adare Manor in Co Limerick will host the major golf tournament.

This will be the first time in 20 years, and the second time in its history, that the Ryder Cup will be held in Ireland.

Speaking after the Cabinet confirmed its approval, Colm Hannon, CEO of the five-star hotel, said: “It’s a great day for Ireland and this region and a great day for Adare Manor.

“This has been a work in progress for several years now. Today is the day that it finally all came together and we have it confirmed that it will be the venue.

“The real benefits to the Ryder Cup are the lead-up to 2026. We all need to get together, whether it’s tourism agencies, government, businesses to ensure that we really reap the rewards between now and 2026 and thereafter.”

He said the hotel is currently operating at full capacity, with around 580 staff.

He added: “On the golf course alone there are up to 50 people because there is a real high-level presentation and maintenance that we have adopted on the new course.

“I think that’s what people like about it and what attracted the European tours. It’s a very high level of presentation and the technology and construction of the course and the level of care the ground-keeping team go to every day to present it in an immaculate manner.”

He said that the completion of the Limerick to Cork bypass before the event is “critical” as they are expecting up to 60,000 spectators a day.

“Our course was only built recently with the goal of having a tournament here,” he added.

“It was built tournament-ready, in terms of spectator movements, sky box locations and infrastructure around the course.

“It’s exciting times ahead.”

The Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, which sits some 18km south of Limerick, underwent an extensive makeover worth a reported 70 million euro.

Irish businessman and racehorse owner JP McManus bought the hotel in December 2014.

Mr McManus said: “It is a wonderful tribute to the many great Irish golf ambassadors and success stories Ireland has had in golf over the years and a nice follow-on from Shane’s momentous Open win on Sunday in Portrush.

“The nation was behind Shane, it was a great achievement and very well deserved.

“I am confident that the people of Ireland will get behind the Ryder Cup and take the opportunity to showcase Ireland on the world stage and ensure that the 2026 Ryder Cup will be an outstanding success.

“I hope the many tourist, golfing and business organisations will work together to identify all the opportunities for the benefit of the Ryder Cup tournament, the Irish economy and across the south-west community.”

After an 18-month closure, it reopened in 2017 and featured a number of new additions including a bedroom wing and ballroom.

The main house is set on an 840-acre estate including its 18-hole championship course.

The golf course was redesigned by architect Tom Fazio. During the revamp, a new drainage system was put in place at the greens to keep the area dry and each hole was redesigned and reconstructed.

A round of golf will cost a resident 270 euro while non-residents pay 375 euro.

Ireland has hosted the Ryder Cup event once before in 2006 at the K Club outside Maynooth in Co Kildare.

Irish Sport Minister Shane Ross said: “Its return in 2026 will generate enormous focus on Ireland and the golfing and tourist attractions we have on offer.”

The event could be broadcast to 375 million homes and be worth around 100 million euro to Ireland in promotional benefits, Mr Ross said.

He said the announcement was the culmination of intensive work behind the scenes over the last year.

The minister and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with European tour executives.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announces that Ireland will host golf’s Ryder Cup (Michael McHugh/PA)

Mr Varadkar said Ireland had seven of the top 100 golf courses in the world.

“I am sure that when the Ryder Cup comes to Adare you will see many more great sporting memories created and great sporting friendships forged,” he added.

“It will be a fantastic occasion for everyone in Ireland, for the many visitors from all over the world who can look forward to a great Irish welcome.”

The Irish Government is contributing around 50 million euro towards the cost of holding the tournament but most of the finances are commercially sensitive, ministers said.

The Taoiseach said the yield to the economy from hosting the tournament would be much more than 50 million euro.

The sports minister said JP McManus was putting an enormous amount of money into holding the tournament, including paying for internal repairs and construction.

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