Belfast Telegraph

Tourism the winner in Solheim Cup

Irish tourism was the big winner of the Solheim Cup after more than 80,000 golf fans attended the event, has been claimed.

Failte Ireland said shots of Killeen Castle in Co Meath were also beamed into the homes of 400 million viewers worldwide - advertising worth an estimated 60 million euro.

The Solheim Cup, dubbed the Ladies Ryder Cup, is the most prestigious international team event in women's professional golf and one of the biggest international sporting events to be staged in Ireland this year.

Keith McCormack, Failte Ireland's head of golf, said whether Europe or the US prevails, Irish tourism is already the big winner.

"With great crowds in attendance and a fantastic atmosphere, many overseas media are already calling this one of the best Solheim events for a long time," he said.

"That is a message that will land very positively in many of our key markets overseas.

"Once more, we have shown that this country can host international events as well as the rest of them and arguably better than most.

"The success here at the Solheim provides us with another feather in our cap as we set out to win other significant sporting events to these shores in our on-going work to capture a greater profile and market share for Irish tourism."

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