Killarney 'excited' to host Irish Open again
GREAT news for the Irish Open and Killarney Golf and Fishing Club after European Tour chief George O'Grady confirmed at the links society annual banquet last night that, come what may, the event will definitely return to Kerry next year on the same August bank holiday date.
O'Grady hailed the huge success of last year's Irish Open in drawing 80,000 people to the shores of Lough Leane and praised "the phenomenal welcome the event received in Killarney". And a pledge of continued support from Failte Ireland convinced the Tour to press ahead with the project, though a replacement title sponsor for '3' has yet to be found.
"This is great news," said Killarney general manager, Maurice O'Meara.
"It was a disappointment when '3' pulled out but after the success of the tournament last year, we're all very excited to have it back and will do everything in our power to ensure the Irish Open is even bigger and better in 2011.
"The town of Killarney will once again row in behind the event. The Hotels Federation have already expressed their full support. Once again, the Irish Open weekend will coincide with the Summer Festival in the town."
He added: "It'll be an occasion to remember -- both on and off the golf course."