JP didn’t push it, but Tiger’s still on Adare card

THE man behind the JP McManus golf classic in Adare yesterday gave a strong indication that Tiger Woods will honour his commitment to play at the event in July.

To date, the tournament, held every five years, has raised a staggering €55 million for charities and health facilities in the Limerick area.

Speaking after a civic reception in Limerick City Hall to mark the success of his horse, Don’t Push It, in the Aintree Grand National, McManus said: “I asked or requested, or told, Tiger Woods 18 months ago about the tournament and he said he’d be there and I haven’t heard differently. So, you know, I take it he’ll be there.”

Mr McManus said he had a “quick word” with Woods during the recent US Masters but they never discussed the tournament.

He said top golfers from all over the world take part in the tournament without appearance fees because of the huge welcome they receive, along with the knowledge that all the money raised at the tournament goes to charity. He added: “They are made to feel so at home and they know the money is going to various charities.”

Praising the huge team of volunteers, Mr McManus also highlighted the work of those who help with the sick and the aged on a voluntary basis.

“Without these people we would have a very poor society,” he said.

Mr McManus said yesterday’s civic reception by Mayor Kevin Kiely was a fantastic occasion, but the greatest day of his life was when he was made a Freeman of Limerick.

Several hundred guests attended the reception, including Mrs Noreen McManus and their children Sue Ann, Kieran and John.

Other guests included Minister of State Peter Power and former minister Willie O’Dea, along with well-known figures from the racing and GAA world, among them hurling coach Justin McCarthy.

Mr Kiely, meanwhile, said: “I can honestly say I don’t know anyone who has done more for Limerick over the past 20 years than JP McManus. I would like to congratulate JP on realising his life-long dream of winning theAintree Grand National. Throughout his immense generosity towards the educational, community and sporting life of Limerick, JP McManus has always remained unassuming and modest.”

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