€40 million windfall for charities in Limerick area thanks to JP McManus Pro-Am

CHARITIES across Limerick and the wider Mid-West region are set for a major financial injection thanks to this year's JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am which has raised a record-breaking €40 million for deserving causes.

CHARITIES across Limerick and the wider Mid-West region are set for a major financial injection thanks to this year's JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am which has raised a record-breaking €40 million for deserving causes.

The star-studded two-day event which took place at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5 and 6 last saw in excess of 80,000 people flock to the County Limerick venue to watch the world's top golfers compete alongside stars from the world of stage, screen and sport.

Organisers say they are delighted with the record-breaking sum of €40,298,615.23 – which is to be distributed to charities in the region.

"It's a good news story for the whole area and obviously the charities are going to be the beneficiaries of it, which is fantastic," said Noel Earlie, who was chairperson of the organising committee.

"We are just delighted with the whole volunteerism aspect. So many different people played many different roles and we are just delighted that it has come to fruition and has been so successful, financially," he added.

A host of celebrities including Michael Douglas, Westlife, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugh Grant took part in the golfing extravaganza alongside the elite of the golfing world including Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell.

Despite the economic climate, the amount raised from this year's event surpassed the aount raised from the 2005 Pro-Am by a staggering €9 million.

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