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Claire McCollum and AP McCoy with the famous Claret Jug at the Tourism NI launch of The Open in Portrush. Pic Presseye
Claire McCollum and AP McCoy with the famous Claret Jug at the Tourism NI launch of The Open in Portrush. Pic Presseye
Pictured are Robert Fitzpatrick and Terence Brannigan. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to take a seat on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones¨ as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Karise Hutchinson, Peter Bolan and John Bustard. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Pictured are Lara Milner and Ryan Burnett. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Pictured are Paulo Ross and Rebecca McKinney. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Kevin Shannon, Marina Finn, Aileen Martin and Brian McColgan. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to take a seat on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones¨ as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Richard Mulligan. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Susie Brown, Simon Daly and Fred Daly. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Angelina Fusco, Peter Alliss and Terry McCartney. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Wendy Gallagher, Steven Chambers and Jean Haworth. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are George Lucas and Tom Reid. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Mark Stewart and Colin Neill. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Maurice Jay and Paul Kelly. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Ian Alexander and Geoff Wilson. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are AP McCoy and Robert Fitzpatrick. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Tim McGarry. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Ian Alexander Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Bob Huggins and Don Wilmont. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Geoff Wilson. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Martin Slumbers and Jim Crone. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Carmel and Noel McHale. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to take a seat on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones¨ as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Jackie Alliss. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to take a seat on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones¨ as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Geoff Wilson. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to take a seat on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones¨ as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured is Peter Alliss. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Guests had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Claret Jug as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast. Pictured are Michelle Shirlow, Terence Brannigan and Angelina Fusco. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by William Cherry / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Terence Brannigan and Lord Duncan. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Bob Barbour, Arlene Foster and Gary Middleton. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Adam Keefe and Chris McMahon. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Kathryn Thompson and John Bamber. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Matt Cooper and Mark Thomas. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Tom Sweeney, Jacinta McGlynn and Eoghan Corry. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Brian and Roy Smith. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Steve Harper and Nick Caldwell. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Terry McCartney and Terence Brannigan. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Conal Harvey, Terence Brannigan and Gerry Lennon. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Terence Brannigan and Lord Duncan. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Carmel and Noel McHale. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Colin Neill, Don Wilmont, Brenda Morgan and Mark Stewart. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Martin and Danielle Stalker. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Robert Hynes ands Cathal Dervan. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Liz McCartney, Sir Rick McLaughlin, Moira McElderry and Dr Rob Brady. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Chris and Davina McGowan. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Charlene O'Hara and Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Heather McLachlan and Ann McGregor. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Wilma Erskine and Arlene Foster. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Terence Brannigan, Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey, Lord Duncan, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Brenda Shivers and Artist Colin Davidson. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Alison Campbell and Conor Clarke. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Aidan and Michaela Walsh. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Terry McCartney, Tracy Meharg and Richard Baker. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are members of the media from Republic of Ireland with Fiona Cunningham. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Lord Duncan and Robert Fitzpatrick. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Chris Henry, Arlene Foster and Andrew Trimble. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Simin Alliss and John McGrillen. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st January 2019 - Guests arrive on the red carpet as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush with a celebration of Northern Irish talent from sport, music, arts and screen at Titanic Belfast this evening. Pictured are Antoinette McKeown, Gerry Lennon and Naomi Waite. Visit https://youtu.be/KPPKRrsR-js to watch the cinematic film ÔWeÕve come a long wayÕ which was premiered on the night. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

It was a night of glitz and glamour as Tourism NI marked the start of the official build-up to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush.

The event, under the theme of 'We've Come A Long Way', saw famous faces from the world of sport, music, media, television and the arts gather at Titanic Belfast.

A short film by award winning director and producer Martin Stalker was unveiled, set to an original poem by local poet Paula Matthews, and narrated by actors Ian McElhinney, Bronagh Waugh, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Shaun Blaney. It was accompanied by an original score composed and performed by Belfast-born virtuoso pianist Michael McHale.

A sporting panel included record-breaking champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy and four-time Superbike world champion Jonathan Rea, who shared their experiences of representing Northern Ireland on the world stage.

Major winners Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke also sent their support and golf commentator Peter Alliss was interviewed.

Speaking at the event, Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan said: "The ambitious plans set 10 years ago have transformed Northern Ireland and our ambitions for the future are just as big. Our golfing story is a global success and that has brought us right here tonight as we look forward to 190,000 fans and visitors from across the globe descending on Royal Portrush in July for the biggest sporting event ever held in Northern Ireland.

"The 148th Open will leave a legacy that will benefit Northern Ireland for years to come. It will boost our reputation as a premier destination for international events and gives a well-earned boost to the development of our hard-working tourism businesses.

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"Together with the R&A, our colleagues in Causeway Coast and Glens Council, volunteers, contributors, golf clubs and tourism businesses, we will deliver not only an incredible event, but a true Northern Ireland experience. It will lead us all to Sunday, July 21, when the final putt will be sunk and the famous Claret Jug will be held aloft."

R&A chief executive said: "We are very much looking forward to staging a successful and memorable championship in July when we will welcome tens of thousands of fans to the famous Dunluce Links to enjoy this historic occasion."

The 148th Open will be held at Royal Portrush from July 18-21

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