Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ireland eyes 2026 Ryder Cup bid after JP's Adare Manor purchase

Adare Manor Hotel
Adare Manor Hotel
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

IT IS one of the most sought- after events in the sporting calendar - and the Ryder Cup may be coming to Irish shores following the purchase of Adare Manor by millionaire businessman JP McManus.

Mr McManus bought the five-star hotel and golf course for an estimated €30m.

The Co Limerick venue frequently attracts between 70 and 75pc of its guests from the affluent American market.

And industry insiders say McManus may now shift his attention to securing the highly- prized Ryder Cup for his latest purchase.

Experts say if he achieves such a feat - most likely in 2026 or 2030 - a flood of sports-mad tourists will pump more than €240m into the national economy, as they flock to watch the world's top golfers do battle.

Ivan Morris from Limerick Golf Club said the acquisition by McNamara of the five-star resort has "significantly boosted" the chances of the greatest tournament in matchplay golf coming to Ireland.

Mr McManus is the only person in Ireland with the clout and contacts within the game to put in a successful bid, he added.

"It couldn't be a better location because it's great golf course and they have all the room that they'd need to stage it," he said.

"The infrastructure and access to get in and out of the area is there.

"It's also near Shannon Airport, so it couldn't be any better suited.

"McManus' purchase has greatly boosted the chances of it coming here - he's very well connected on the European tour and very highly thought of.

"He also has a lot of friends and contacts on the Tour so there wouldn't be any resistance to the idea.

"They also have the facility of the hotel on the site where the players can stay.

"It would give a huge boost to the county of Limerick."

"But if they want to get it here they need to start planning for 2026 now."

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Cathal Treacy, President of the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, said to land such a competition would be a "substantial" boost for the national economy.

"Economic assessments carried out after the Ryder Cup in 2006 estimated that the entire economic impact for Ireland was approximately €240m. The Pro-Am which JP has organised at Adare Manor for many years raised over €100m for local charities.

"Were the Pro-Am to return, or other golf tournaments such as the rumoured Ryder Cup happen at Adare Manor, the economic benefit for the entire island would be substantial. He is also a proud Limerick man."

Irish Independent

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