The spotlight that shone on the entire Mid-West region during the recent staging of the Irish Open in Lahinch will be multiplied manifold in 2026 when the prestigious Ryder Cup comes to Adare Manor said Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes responding to the news that this bi-annual event is to return to Ireland.
Congratulating the Government’s commitment to the event and the McManus family’s foresightedness in redeveloping Adare Manor to the standard required for an inter-continent tournament of this magnitude, Ms Downes said that once the attributes of the region are beamed globally, the pay-back to the region and Ireland will be ginormous.
“We have seen this happening already since the announcement was made and it will gain momentum in the build-up to the event. The forthcoming JP McManus Pro-Am, which is being staged in July 2020, will take on a new meaning with visitors eager to view the attributes of the golf course ahead of the Ryder Cup when the splendour of the entire estate will be spoken about by the global professional and general golfing fraternity.
“A golfing event of the magnitude of the Ryder Cup will not only benefit the locality in which it is staged; the benefits will be felt in all parts of Ireland – our airports will cater for the international golfers, our prestigious golf courses will be used pre and post the event, hotels far and wide will witness an increase in bookings; pubs and restaurants will see a huge increase in footfall, car and coach hire will cater for individual and group visitors and our vast array of visitor attractions will gain visitors’ attention long after the event has ended. The win in attracting the Ryder Cup will have benefits far beyond our expectations such is the growing attraction of golf as a spectator event.
“We cannot commend the Mc Manus family enough for their trojan work in delivering an estate of the calibre of Adare Manor and for their total commitment to boosting the economy of the Mid-West region as a result,” added Ms Downes.