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Ireland call: (Clockwise) Ed Maguire, Paddy Morgan, Adrian Downey and Paddy Power

Ireland call: (Clockwise) Ed Maguire, Paddy Morgan, Adrian Downey and Paddy Power

Ireland call: (Clockwise) Ed Maguire, Paddy Morgan, Adrian Downey and Paddy Power

Ireland is sending four men to compete in the inaugural ISPS HANDA Spanish Blind Golf Open at the Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid from May 23-24.

Former Mayo and Meath footballer Ed Maguire, Dublin-based Patrick Morgan Jnr, Wexford’s Paddy Power and former Dublin hurler Adrian Downey will pull on the green jersey in the 36-hole event.

The team comprises the top four from the Irish Blind Golf Order of Merit.

“We all have our own stories, but I played senior Championship football for Mayo and Meath in the sixties while Adrian is from Antrim but played hurling for Dublin,” reported Navan-based Ed (78), who also won a National League medal with New York in 1964. “Paddy is a member of New Ross, while Patrick is the youngest member of the team and currently studying journalism.”

Playing for Ireland is a huge honour.

“It’s amazing,” said Ed, who is Chairman of Irish Blind Golf which supports 17 golfers and is expanding all the time. “Most blind golfers are visually impaired, not fully blind. But it’s a huge outlet for us. This trip is expensive, but in the past, we’ve received funding from Vision Sports Ireland and Golf Ireland.”

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