Monday 23 April 2018

Rory McIlroy hits Miami for his star-studded stag

Rory McIlroy (centre) and singer Niall Horan (right) with Conor McGregor
Rory McIlroy (centre) and singer Niall Horan (right) with Conor McGregor
Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards 2016. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll at the Excellence in Sports awards. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Rory McIlroy teed up for his wedding day with a lavish stag party this weekend in Miami Beach with his closest friends.

The Irish golfer will swap Miami for Mayo next weekend in the most anticipated wedding of the year when he will marry Erica Stoll at Ashford Castle.

Guests expected to attend include Rory's best friend Harry Diamond, former One Direction star Niall Horan (who caddied for McIlroy at the 2015 Masters Par 3 in the US), as well as golf pals like Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline.

Rumours abound that one of the guests at the wedding will be Ed Sheeran and he will perform on the night. This is despite Ed playing in Manchester on the same evening. However, the venue is a mere 50- minute jaunt on a private jet from the stage at the Manchester Arena to the stage at Ashford Castle.

Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy

Rory and Erica, who got engaged in December 2015, will host a four-day bash at the palatial hotel where movie star Pierce Brosnan married Keely Shaye Smith in 2001 and Westlife's Shane Filan married Gillian Walsh in 2003.

The couple have rung in the New Year at Ashford Castle for the past two years.

Before Christmas, McIlroy celebrated an "early stag" in Dublin. That included a private tour with Dublin Bay Cruises and a night out in Xico on Baggot Street.

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards 2016. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards 2016. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

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