Adare celebrates €170m coup and new bypass
This must be the sporting equivalent of winning the EuroMillions.
Adare locals said the village had secured a priceless double victory through clinching the right to host the 2026 Ryder Cup - with a €170m spin-off matched by a guarantee to have the village's long-awaited bypass fast-tracked.
Adare Manor also faces having its reputation copper-fastened as one of the top golf courses in the world.
Its owners, JP and Noreen McManus and their family, were celebrating bringing arguably the sport's most prestigious event to Ireland for only the second time.
"It is a very proud day for everyone here," JP McManus said at Adare Manor.
"I am very pleased, particularly for the team here at Adare who have worked so hard and have taken such ownership of this project."
The 2026 Ryder Cup will be hosted thanks to an estimated State commitment to spend €50m on Adare and the event.
The McManus family funded the lavish refurbishment of the former Dunraven estate - with the cost of the manor redesign and expansion estimated at about €100m.
The five-star resort boasts 104 luxury bedrooms and a lavish new ballroom capable of hosting 350 guests.
It employs 580 staff with 50 alone employed on its golf course.
For the Limerick billionaire and avid golfer, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream to bring the Ryder Cup to his native county.
Adare Manor chief executive Colm Hannon said the resort had already received calls about bookings for September 2026.
"It is very exciting and we are absolutely delighted by the Ryder Cup confirmation," he said. "It is a great day for Adare, a great day for the Limerick region and a great day for Ireland.
"The real benefit of the Ryder Cup is the lead-in to the event in seven years' time and that everyone involved from sporting to tourism groups get together to ensure we reap the full potential benefits."
In the village itself, locals were thrilled about the coup.
Adare sits on the main Limerick-Killarney road with heavy traffic regularly causing local congestion headaches.
"It is absolutely fantastic for the village," boutique owner Kay Mulcaire said.
Ms Mulcaire - who operates Marc Cain and Isobel boutiques - said there was enormous excitement locally about the event.
"It's a boost that hopefully will deliver both business and jobs" she said.
Henry Vokes operates one of the village's most famous stores which has been trading for almost 80 years.
"It is a great day for the village," he said. "Since the manor has been refurbished and reopened by JP McManus the local economy has really benefited.
"But the real benefit of the Ryder Cup could well be getting the bypass finally sorted out, easing traffic through the village and hopefully getting parking issues addressed locally.
"It is a very good day for Adare."
George Stacpoole, who operates Stacpoole's antiques and café, said it was "a marvellous boost" for the entire area.
"I have been operating the business here for almost 38 years," he said.
"The manor has been a tremendous boost for the village and the local economy over recent years.
"The Ryder Cup will be another massive boost for Adare."
Mr Stacpoole joked that, at 82 years of age, his priority would be ensuring he is fit and able to see the Ryder Cup in seven years' time.
"The numbers in the village have definitely soared since the manor was reopened," he said.
Boutique operator Aisling Maher said business in the village had increased over the past few years.
"Everyone who came into the shop today was excited about it," she said.
"If it brings 250,000 to 300,000 golf fans to Adare, it could be the best thing to have ever happened to the village."