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Sunday 22 October 2017

Pics: Rory McIlroy and Pep Guardiola joined by host of stars at Irish Open ProAm

Pep Guardiola and Rory McIlroy share a joke at the Irish Open ProAm
Pep Guardiola and Rory McIlroy share a joke at the Irish Open ProAm

Alan O'Keeffe in Portstewart

Screen actors Jamie Dornan, Aidan Quinn and James Nesbitt were vying with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and racing legend AP McCoy at the Irish Open Pro Am golfing event today.

Guardiola got a big cheer from the crowd when he turned up to tee off at Portstewart Golf Club with local hero Rory McIlroy.

The proceeds of today's event will go to McIlroy's charity The Rory Foundation which helps vulnerable children.

McIlroy repeated his pledge to journalists today that, if he successfully defends his Irish Open title later this week, he will donate the first prize of more than £870,000 sterling to the Foundation.

Hollywood star Aidan Quinn admitted to feeling nervous as he prepared to tee off. He told Independent.ie "I'm very nervous. The last time I played  I was behind Bill Murray and his brother and I watched them, on successive holes, hit spectators.

So, if I can get through the round without hitting or injuring any spectators I'll be doing well."

Rory McIlroy at the Irish Open ProAm in Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Rory McIlroy at the Irish Open ProAm in Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Pep Guardiola and Rory McIlroy share a joke at the Irish Open ProAm
Dermot Desmond and Pep Guardiola at Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Guardiola, JP McManus, Rory McIlroy, Dermot Desmond and AP McCoy at Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Jamie Dornan with a young fan. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
JP McManus tees off. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Pep Guardiola at Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Laurence Kinlan in Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
James Nesbitt. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Jamie Dornan at Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Jamie Dornan at Portstewart. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Pat Jennings tees off at the Irish Open ProAm. Pic: Colin O'Riordan

He said he has a handicap of 11 but he was not playing too well these days.

He was glad to be assisting Rory McIlroy's children's charity, The Rory Foundation.

"It's fantastic that Rory is using his time and energy and money and effort to take care of people that need help because he feels blessed and fortunate and that's the way the world should work," he said.

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