Darren Clarke to get the honour of hitting first shot at The Open in Portrush

Darren Clarke to get the honour of hitting first shot at The Open in Portrush

Darren Clarke will have the honour of striking the first ball at The 148th Open on Thursday as major championship golf returns to Royal Portrush for the first time ...

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Murray won’t rest on laurels

Murray won’t rest on laurels

Conor Murray’s name would be among the first on most people’s Ireland World Cup squad but memories of his own ascent to the 2011 tournament are keeping ...

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Johnny Sexton expected to get thumbs up for Italy game despite injury

Johnny Sexton expected to get thumbs up for Italy game despite injury

Johnny Sexton’s thumb sprain is not expected to stop the Ireland star facing Italy in Ireland’s opening World Cup warm-up game next month.

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Headaches begin as 2020 questions remain over Irish Open

Headaches begin as 2020 questions remain over Irish Open

Paul McGinley is confident the scheduling issues around next year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open can be resolved by European and PGA Tour bosses in the coming ...

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Rampaging Rahm now targets Seve hat-trick

Rampaging Rahm now targets Seve hat-trick

A world-class champion on a world-class course.

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‘Mixed emotions’ but dogged Dawson moving up the ranks

‘Mixed emotions’ but dogged Dawson moving up the ranks

Robin Dawson picked up the biggest prize in his professional career to date and with it the motivation to make his appearances on the European Tour a lot more regular. ...

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Cormac Sharvin carries Irish hopes as Robert Rock holds lead in front of sell-out crowds at Lahinch

Cormac Sharvin carries Irish hopes as Robert Rock holds lead in front of sell-out crowds at Lahinch

Cormac Sharvin will carry home hopes into the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open final round tomorrow, but it was Robert Rock’s stunning third round of 60 that wowed ...

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Waterford's Robin Dawson uses knowledge of the course to get within two shots of Irish Open lead

Waterford's Robin Dawson uses knowledge of the course to get within two shots of Irish Open lead

Having just made the cut yesterday, Waterford's Robin Dawson has shot up the leaderboard on day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

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Lombard leads but it’s anyone’s ball game

Lombard leads but it’s anyone’s ball game

Get set for a wild ride at Lahinch this weekend as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open heads into today’s third round with the title race wide open and a host of ...

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Cormac Sharvin won’t let focus drift to Portrush dream

Cormac Sharvin won’t let focus drift to Portrush dream

Cormac Sharvin knows it is only human to think about it but the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open’s leading Irishman is determined to not let thoughts of a place ...

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Dubai Duty Free to extend Irish Open and Derby backing

Dubai Duty Free to extend Irish Open and Derby backing

Dubai Duty Free chief executive Colm McLoughlin has underlined his company’s commitment as title sponsor to both the Irish Open and Derby by expressing his ...

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Dubai Duty Free chief executive wishes to see prize money increase in coming years

Dubai Duty Free chief executive wishes to see prize money increase in coming years

Dubai Duty Free chief executive Colm McLoughlin has underlined his company’s commitment as title sponsor to both the Irish Open and Derby by expressing his ...

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Pádraig Harrington finds cure for mental scars at Irish Open

Pádraig Harrington finds cure for mental scars at Irish Open

This may not be Pádraig Harrington’s last shot at glory but the triple major champion knows age is catching up with him and his blistering 63 at Lahinch ...

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Seamus Power has no regrets about break from PGA commitments

Seamus Power would have had plenty of understanding from the Irish golfing community if he had decided to skip his national open to stay in the United States and ...

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Irish Open: Klondyke and Dell prove a blinding success

Maybe it was the bright sunshine at Lahinch yesterday morning that brought on the folly but at one point of the afternoon we began tallying the different adjectives ...

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Graeme McDowell ready to flourish without Portrush pressure

Graeme McDowell ready to flourish without Portrush pressure

With the pressure of securing a starting spot in his hometown Open Championship later this month now lifted, Graeme McDowell is relishing the opportunity to free ...

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Rahm the man to beat as Lahinch set to sizzle

Rahm the man to beat as Lahinch set to sizzle

It will not be in the nature of the tournament host to have slept easily last night on the eve of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open but his efforts to make this €6.2m ...

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‘Funky’ Lahinch new challenge for the pros

‘Funky’ Lahinch new challenge for the pros

If nothing else, this week’s visit to Lahinch will leave European Tour golfers with the feeling they have played some very different holes in Klondyke and ...

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McDowell trying to avoid thinking about hometown Open ahead of Lahinch return

McDowell trying to avoid thinking about hometown Open ahead of Lahinch return

Graeme McDowell will be trying to avoid thinking about The Open Championship in his hometown of Portrush in two weeks as he bids to start his links golf season on ...

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Rugby connections run deep at Lahinch

Rugby connections run deep at Lahinch

Rugby players in an Irish Open Pro-Am are not an unusual sight. Along with GAA stars and jockeys, they are a staple of the pre-tournament entertainment at this annual ...

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Lahinch will be triumph despite Rory body blow, says McGinley

Lahinch will be triumph despite Rory body blow, says McGinley

With only a limited number of tickets remaining for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this weekend, tournament host Paul McGinley has all the validation he needs that ...

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Relaxed Shane Lowry happy to carry home hopes

Relaxed Shane Lowry happy to carry home hopes

Shane Lowry will embrace the mantle of leading home hope at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open despite his determination to dismiss all talk of a potential victory.

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Knox hoping for another Irish dream come true

Knox hoping for another Irish dream come true

As the defending champion this week, Russell Knox already has his place in the Irish Open hall of fame but the way the Scot sealed victory at Ballyliffin last year ...

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Lahinch felt responsibility to Clare and West to stage Open

Lahinch felt responsibility to Clare and West to stage Open

As the chairman of the Lahinch Golf Club Tournament Committee, John Gleeson has already visualised the packed grandstand behind his club’s 18th green as the ...

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Irish Open draw puts Shane Lowry in group with Fleetwood and title holder Knox

Irish Open draw puts Shane Lowry in group with Fleetwood and title holder Knox

Shane Lowry will get his Dubai Duty Free Irish Open campaign underway early on Thursday as part of an illustrious group also featuring Ryder Cup hero Tommy Fleetwood ...

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Paul McGinley on Rory McIlroy absence: 'Irish Open will always be bigger than any one player'

Paul McGinley on Rory McIlroy absence: 'Irish Open will always be bigger than any one player'

Tournament host Paul McGinley has insisted this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open can flourish in spite of the absence of leading Irishman Rory McIlroy.

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Ian Poulter delivers for pal Paul McGinley again

Ian Poulter delivers for pal Paul McGinley again

Such is the bond between the two Ryder Cup veterans, Ian Poulter needed little persuasion from tournament host Paul McGinley to commit to this week’s Dubai ...

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Seamus Power hoping to grasp Irish Open opportunity at Lahinch

Seamus Power hoping to grasp Irish Open opportunity at Lahinch

Seamus Power’s track record with Lahinch and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is mixed, but the PGA Tour professional was still thrilled to receive his invitation ...

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Munster ready to balance books next year

For years, there had been a reliance on IRFU assistance to facilitate loan repayment negotiations on the debt arising from the Thomond Park redevelopment,

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Budget not an issue as Munster close in on ‘next-level’ coach

Munster Rugby’s search for a “next-level” experienced senior coach is close to a conclusion and will not be limited by financial considerations, ...

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No galacticos, but O’Gara will find a siege mentality much like Munster

Simon Lewis, Rugby correspondent (sandy pic byline) When Ronan O’Gara returns to the Top 14 next month as La Rochelle’s new head coach, he can expect ...

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Hard work starts as hopefuls navigate RWC road to Japan

Hard work starts as hopefuls navigate RWC road to Japan

The long road starts here as the race to make Ireland’s World Cup squad for Japan this September ramped up, after Joe Schmidt named a 44-player training squad. ...

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Even in victory, Saracens defeat still stuck in Leinster minds

Even in victory, Saracens defeat still stuck in Leinster minds

James Lowe described Leinster’s comeback from their Heineken Champions Cup final defeat to Guinness PRO14 champions as “a mourning process” such ...

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Hogg: ‘Saracens gave us the kick up the backside we needed’

Hogg: ‘Saracens gave us the kick up the backside we needed’

As British parliamentarians are proving with almost daily inefficiency, leaving Europe can be complicated but as far as Stuart Hogg is concerned, the swift and summary ...

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IRFU ‘very very close’ to Rob Kearney deal

The IRFU has hit back at suggestions made by Rob Kearney’s manager that there is a significant gulf between the two parties in ongoing contract negotiations.

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‘Nothing less than a place in the semis will do in Japan,’ says Nucifora

Nothing less than a World Cup semi-final appearance in Japan later this year will constitute a good World Cup for Ireland, said a straight-talking David Nucifora, ...

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IRFU will help Johann van Graan like they did Leo Cullen

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora backed Johann van Graan as the right man to take Munster forward and pledged to surround the head coach with experience ...

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Contepomi: Balance must be right before Leinster can let it flow

Contepomi: Balance must be right before Leinster can let it flow

Felipe Contepomi has stressed the need for Leinster to strike the perfect balance between free-flowing and high-pressure rugby as they attempt to negotiate Glasgow ...

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Munster exodus grows as Howlett returns home

Simon Lewis The Munster exit door kept revolving yesterday as exciting young fly-half Bill Johnston left for Ulster in search of more game time and Heineken Cup-winning ...

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Avoiding the rough in search to secure Irish golfing growth

Avoiding the rough in search to secure Irish golfing growth

It is all very well taking the historic steps to form an inclusive governing body for the game on this island, but with preparations underway for Golf Ireland to ...

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Van Graan admits testing summer lies ahead

Johann van Graan admits Munster will find it difficult to build momentum for next season while having to bed in possibly three new coaches.

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Newton takes away spoils but Purcell puts down Cup marker

Newton takes away spoils but Purcell puts down Cup marker

Conor Purcell missed out on his country’s blue-riband amateur title as the Flogas Irish Amateur Open went to England’s James Newton — but Ireland’s ...

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Johann van Graan says 'discipline' the difference between Munster and Leinster performances

Johann van Graan says 'discipline' the difference between Munster and Leinster performances

Munster were left to rue their poor discipline after succumbing to another Guinness PRO14 semi-final defeat at the hands of Leinster today.

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Leinster ease into PRO14 decider with victory over Munster

Leinster ease into PRO14 decider with victory over Munster

Leinster made light of their European final disappointment in Newcastle to brush past rivals Munster and ease into next Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 decider.

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Expect the mother of all battles at breakdown at the RDS

Expect the mother of all battles at breakdown at the RDS

As Leinster and Munster discovered to their cost in Europe this past month, knowing the threat that is coming your way and being able to deal with it are different ...

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Murray: We want to do ourselves justice

Murray: We want to do ourselves justice

If one game from last season sticks in Munster minds above the rest it is last season’s PRO14 semi-final loss to Leinster, and today the men in red have the ...

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‘It’s good to test the strength of the jersey collars and see how far they can stretch!’

‘It’s good to test the strength of the jersey collars and see how far they can stretch!’

For Felipe Contepomi it’s on a par with River Plate v Boca Juniors; for CJ Stander and Johann van Graan a reminder of Bulls versus Stormers games.

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Mullarney four shots clear after course-record 62

Mullarney four shots clear after course-record 62

Galway’s Ronan Mullarney will take a healthy four-shot lead into today’s second round at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship after setting the ...

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Carbery: I’ve loved Munster from the word go

Listening to Joey Carbery talk of Munster’s limitless potential would cheer even the most pessimistic member of its Red Army of supporters, never mind the ...

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Purcell the big Irish hope at Rosses Point

Purcell the big Irish hope at Rosses Point

Conor Purcell leads the Irish charge on home turf at Co Sligo as the Flogas Irish Amateur Open gets underway at Rosses Point tomorrow.

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