An Open Invitation

Padraig Harrington....Rory McIlroy....Graeme McDowell....Darren Clarke…and that’s just the home-grown major winners line up for this year’s Irish Open...

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy isn’t just a great ambassador for golf, he’s also the driving force behind the European Tour’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Since his Rory Foundation took over as tournament host at Golf Digest's World No 1 course, Royal County Down in 2015, the prize fund has risen by 100% to €4m at The K Club this year. That’s the biggest purse in the event’s long history, attracting a bumper field to tee it up at the Palmer Ryder Cup Course at the Kildare venue from May 19-22.

Following the hugely successful Irish Opens at Royal Portrush in 2012, Carton House in 2013, Fota Island in 2014, and Royal County Down in 2015, McIlroy and The European Tour are looking forward to another sellout event. So get your tickets here.

The K Club

“The Irish Open has always meant so much to me, so I am really excited to announce my commitment to host the tournament, on behalf of the Rory Foundation, for the next three years,” McIlroy said.

Having attracted the likes of Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Ernie Els in 2015, the event will clearly be targeting more big names for The K Club.

Tickets for the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open start at €30 for daily tickets (€20 concessions) with season tickets currently available at €70 (€50 concessions). Children under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult gain free admission. 

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5 things to do away from the golf course

1. Take in some of Ireland's Ancient East many historical treasures, including St Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower, which date back to the 13th century.

2. Enjoy a family day out at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park, home to heritage exhibits, a play area, pet farm, woodland walks, crazy golf and more

3. See magnificent horses at the Irish National Stud and tour the world-famous Japanese Gardens.

4. Get in some retail therapy in the designer outlets at Kildare Village. Ireland's biggest outlet centre sees bargains galore packed into a beautiful village-style shopping area.

5. Kildare is an equestrian county with The Curragh and Punchestown in easy reach, but also intriguing is the Curragh Military Museum, which focuses on the area’s military history in a fascinating exhibition.

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