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The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour on Wednesday 13th April, gave Northern Irish golf fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it was on public display at Belfast City Hall.   Picture By: Arthur Allison.

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour on Wednesday 13th April, gave Northern Irish golf fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it was on public display at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour on Wednesday 13th April, gave Northern Irish golf fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it was on public display at Belfast City Hall.  Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Arder Carson pictured with the Ryder Cup Trophy. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour on Wednesday 13th April, gave Northern Irish golf fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it was on public display at Belfast City Hall. Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Arder Carson pictured with the Ryder Cup Trophy. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour on Wednesday 13th April, gave Northern Irish golf fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it was on public display at Belfast City Hall.  Michael O'Donnell pictured with the Ryder Cup Trophy. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour on Wednesday 13th April, gave Northern Irish golf fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it was on public display at Belfast City Hall. Michael O'Donnell pictured with the Ryder Cup Trophy. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.
The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will
have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 
Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim.

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will
have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous
trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from
9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­
9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside
the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.

Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.
The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will
have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 
Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim.

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will
have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous
trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from
9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­
9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside
the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.

Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 
Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. Presseye

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. Presseye

The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour on Wednesday 13th April, gave Northern Irish golf fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it was on public display at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Golf fans have been flocking to Belfast to catch a glimpse of the world-famous Ryder Cup as part of its two-day whistle-stop tour of Northern Ireland.

The trophy was given a warm welcome at city hall by Lord Mayor Arder Carson before going on public display at the dome at Victoria Square where it will remain until 9pm on Wednesday.

Many fans queued in their droves to have a picture alongside the famous 17 inch cup.

The figurine-topped trophy is on a two-day tour of Northern Ireland, as part of The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour, which was officially launched by Darren Clarke at Royal Portrush Golf Club yesterday.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have the Ryder Cup Trophy Tour here in Belfast. The Ryder Cup draws massive interest in Northern Ireland, because we always have quite a few players involved, and especially this year with Darren Clarke captaining Europe.

“It’s great that people can have the opportunity to get their photograph with it, and it makes the competition all that more personal for the people of our city.”

Billy Garrett, from Belfast, was one of many to queue up to have his photograph taken.

He said: “It made the hairs stand on the back of my neck. It’s fantastic for the people associated with the Ryder Cup to bring the Trophy to Belfast. Given the history of the Ryder Cup I’m fortunate to be here.”

Golf fan Paula Danvir from Holywood also jumped at the chance to see the famous Trophy.

She said: “Being from Rory McIlroy’s hometown, I’ll definitely be watching the Ryder Cup in September. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to see the trophy in person, and I nearly got a bit too excited when it was my turn to have my picture taken.”

Northern Ireland is one of a select group of European countries to stage The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour over the coming months, with the roadshow also visiting France and Italy, the next two European countries to host the contest in 2018 and 2022.

The historic Trophy was commissioned by English businessman Samuel Ryder, the founder of The Ryder Cup. After becoming a very successful seller of seeds, Ryder wanted to get an official match with the best golfers in Great Britain squaring off against America’s best. He donated the trophy in 1927, and the Ryder Cup was born.

The 41st Ryder Cup itself takes place at Hazeltine, Minnesota from September 30 to October 2. In recognition of this year’s host nation and, working in conjunction with the PGA of America, the Trophy Tour will also extend to a selection of cities across the US later in the year.

Fans can find out more details about The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour at: www.rydercup.com

Belfast Telegraph