Tiger likely to play at charity event, says McManus
WE'VE seen the last of the Celtic Tiger on this island but not, it seems, of golfing legend Tiger Woods.
Businessman JP McManus yesterday indicated that the world's richest and most talked-about sportsman will once again take part in a charity golf event this summer in Limerick.
The prestigious JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am takes place in Adare in July and the appearance once again of the world's leading golfer would guarantee thousands of extra spectators and reams of additional coverage in the gossip pages.
Speaking at a civic reception in Limerick yesterday to honour his success of his horse 'Don't Push It' at the world's most famous horse race -- the Aintree Grand National -- Mr McManus said he was looking forward to the charity event.
"I told Tiger 18 months ago about the tournament and he said he would be there. I haven't heard differently, so I take it he'll be there," he said.
Mr McManus and Tiger Woods met recently on the practice range at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. The two men spoke briefly but did not discuss the upcoming tournament.
Tiger has attended the event each year since turning professional, but has not been playing regularly on tour after admitting to a string of extra-marital affairs.
Yesterday's reception for Mr McManus, courtesy of the city council, was to celebrate his first win as an owner at the Grand National after 33 unsuccessful attempts.
Among the 250 in attendance were his wife Noreen and children Kieran, John and Sue-Ann, former Limerick hurlers Pat Hartigan and Joe McKenna, current manager Justin McCarthy, and Steve Collins, father of murder victim Roy.