The Ryder Cup might not immediately offer itself as sports’ best expression of the ideals of liberté, égalité, or fraternité. Like all top-level sports events, its primary objectives are not social, they are commercial.
Despite that, sport and society, as this weekend’s Leinster and Munster adventures will confirm, are often happy bedfellows, one supporting the other.
Yesterday’s announcement by JP McManus that he wants to host the 2026 Ryder Cup at Adare Manor is the first public step in a process that could serve sport and society — specifically Munster and Ireland — very well.
The Adare course was recently re-opened after a €70m redesign.
Ireland’s only time hosting the Ryder Cup was in 2006, when the K Club in Kildare was the venue for the biennial event.
The next Ryder Cup, the 42nd, will be held in France in September at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris.
It will be the second Ryder Cup held in Continental Europe, after the 1997 contest, which was held in Spain.
The K Club’s hosting of the event brought significant international attention to Ireland and contributed in ways that can hardly be measured to building a positive image of the country.
This is a project worthy of national support so let’s put our best foot forward and do all we can to bring the Ryder Cup to Adare.