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Lost in Translation star Murray to tee up at Irish Open

A HOST of Hollywood stars including Bill Murray, his Mad Men-star brother Joel and Aidan Quinn have been lined up to tee off in this year's Irish Open Pro-Am.

Joining the movie A-listers at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Wednesday week will be Irish sporting legends including Martin O'Neill, Pat Jennings and rugby stars Andrew Trimble and David Humphreys.

Former jockey and National Hunt trainer Tom Taaffe is also chomping at the bit to play, while crooner and keen golfer, Ronan Keating is also set to hit the fairways of the legendary course.

Announcing the event, Open sponsor Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) chief Alan Clarke said: "This is one of the most eagerly anticipated Irish Open tournaments in the history of this prestigious event as the competition makes its long-awaited return to Northern Ireland for the first time in almost 60 years.

"With four home grown major golf champions, a world class course and a fantastic line-up it's really no surprise that this event has captured the imaginations of celebrities and public alike."

With the Irish Open now only two weeks away, the European Tour is expecting the event to be a sell-out with a crowd of 100,000 expected over the four days from Thursday June 28 to Sunday July 1.

NITB's Mr Clarke added that it's still not too late to catch Rory McIlroy and company in action.

"Although Saturday and Sunday are pretty much sold out, there is still some availability for Thursday and Friday's play with a variety of accommodation and package options still up for grabs," he said.

For more information on accommodation offers for the Irish Open and other events, check out the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's free advice and booking service on 1850 230 230, or by visiting the Tourist Information Centre in Suffolk Street, Dublin, www.discovernorthernireland.com or www.ni2012.com.