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Irish Open golf boosts Donegal tourism

Since it was revived in 1975, the Irish Open golf tournament, for a number of reasons, was restricted to venues across Leinster and Munster for almost four decades.

A new era for Ulster sport began when the event was allocated to Portrush in 2012, and it has subsequently been equally successfully staged in Newcastle in 2015 and in Portstewart last year.

Ireland's most northerly course at Ballyliffin in Co Donegal will host the 2018 competition, starting today, with predictions that the overall attendance could head towards the 100,000 mark.

Allowing fans in all parts of the country to see some of Europe's leading golfers in action has been an inspired move, and the wonderful weather probably means that Donegal tourists officials can hardly believe their luck.

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