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Ireland has won the race to host the 2026 Ryder Cup, with Adare Manor in Limerick the venue chosen for the event.
The news that golf's most prestigious tournament is coming to Ireland caps a huge week for the sport in this country following Offaly man Shane Lowry’s Open triumph at Portrush last Sunday.
A formal announcement is expected later today, but it is understood that a deal was agreed between the Government and the European Tour last week.
The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and could be worth up to €160m to the Irish economy.
According to reports, discussions began last September when European Tour officials approached the Irish Government to assess interest in hosting the event.
The recently-revamped Adare Manor, which is owned by businessman JP McManus, was identified as the most suitable venue.
Part of the deal will see the long-awaited bypass of Adare village completed ahead of the event.