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Ireland in talks to host 2026 Ryder Cup as Munster course enters frame

The Republic of Ireland is in active discussions to host the 2026 Ryder Cup, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently meeting with European Tour chiefs to discuss the deal.

Irish Sports Minister Shane Ross travelled to the Ryder Cup on September 30 to meet with European Tour chairman David Williams, CEO Keith Pelley, deputy CEO Guy Kinnings and the then Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills to discuss taking the 2026 event to the Republic.

But it now appears that those discussions have moved on with Mr Varadkar having a meeting in Dublin on November 5 with Pelley and his No.2 Kinnings, who took over from Hills as Ryder Cup Director following September's matches in Paris.

It is understood both Pelley and Kinnings expressed an "openness to considering Ireland" as a potential host, and Sports Minister Ross will today brief his ministerial colleagues on his department's background work on the idea.

Adare Manor has long been the favourite to host the event, with its owner, JP McManus, confirming earlier this year that the resort in Limerick will be seeking to stage the competition.

"It is every golf course owner's hope to get the Ryder Cup," McManus said. "I am sure it will cost plenty. But I would like to bring it to Ireland, to Limerick and to Adare, and give the whole south-west a boost. It would be great for Limerick and Ireland."

Speaking at the Turkish Airlines Open recently, Pelley insisted that a decision on which venue will host the 2026 Ryder Cup is likely to be made early in the New Year.

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