Northern Ireland is often regarded unfavourably by many outsiders because of its deep-rooted political and sectarian troubles. The murder in April by the New IRA of Irish journalist Lyra McKee – and subsequent threats against anyone helping police to identify who shot her – was another blow to its international reputation. So the decision to stage the next Open Golf Championship there, from July 14-21 – the first time since 1951 – is a great boost to local morale. It’s also an opportunity for the outside world to see the Six Counties in a positive light. Fantastic venue: Views of Portrush Town, the coastline and the golf course Reaction has been enthusiastic and tickets for the event at Royal Portrush Golf Club sold out some time ago. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who won the Open’s Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool in 2014, says: ‘Royal Portrush is one of my favourite golf courses in the world. I think it will be a fantastic venue.’ RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next What’s the real difference between flying economy and FIRST… The perfect holiday combination! Inside stunning Tuscany… Putting Etihad’s business class to the test on a two-leg… An Olympic-size pool and 50ft… Read full this story
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