Dromoland Hosts Women’s Irish Open

More than 25,000 spectators are expected to attend this week’s KPMG Women’s Irish Open at Dromoland Castle’s 18-hole Championship Course.

Supported by the Government and Clare County Council, the return of the Ladies European Tour (LET) event marks the first time since 2012 that women's professional golf has been staged in the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland’s leading female golfer Leona Maguire is the star attraction in the event, which commences with a Pro-Am competition on Wednesday 21st September, with the main event getting underway Thursday and continuing through Sunday. The two-time Olympian is currently ranked 18th in Rolex Women’s Rankings.
The Open will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, RTÉ and the Golf Channel.

Staff of Clare County Council’s Shannon Municipal District and the local community of Newmarket-on-Fergus have been busily preparing ahead of the event in recent weeks. The works include maintenance of green areas and vegetation on routes leading to the venue, drainage works in the area, together with assistance and advice to Dromoland Castle and the tournament organisers based on the experience of previously hosting large events in Clare in recent years.

Meanwhile, Clare County Council will host a marquee on the grounds of Dromoland Castle to promote Clare as an attractive destination for golf enthusiasts, as well as showcase Clare’s abundance of visitor attractions and activities. Visit Clare will be present to distribute information on the local tourism sector, while Local Enterprise Office Clare is hosting producers from across Clare to exhibit artisan food, drink and photography.