Paul McGinley says Irish Open ‘will be of huge benefit’ to the Mid-West region

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Paul McGinley with Shannon Chamber president Mary Considine and DB Schenker CEO Ray Hennessy Picture: Eamon Ward

Paul McGinley with Shannon Chamber president Mary Considine and DB Schenker CEO Ray Hennessy Picture: Eamon Ward

ALTHOUGH the event is still months away, the benefits of having the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be ‘huge’ for the Mid-West region.

That’s according to golfing legend Paul McGinley, who addressed the Shannon Chamber’s president’s lunch in Dromoland Castle last week. More than 230​ business people from across the region descended on the Clare venue for the event.

Mr McGinley urged people to get behind the competition, saying: “It’s an amazing opportunity for the Mid-West and South-West of Ireland, a sporting event of this magnitude has never been staged in this part of Ireland before. It needs an electric crowd; it needs stands that come alive; it needs engagement.”

Shannon Chamber president Mary Considine was fulsome in her praise for the decision to host the Dubai Irish Open in Lahinch and said that all stakeholders in the region will work extremely hard to make an excellent impression on all those who visit with clubs in hand in July 2019.

“Shannon Chamber, and every business in the region, will play a collective part in ensuring that 2019 will be the best ever Irish Open on and off the course,” said Ms Considine.

Shannon Chamber’s President’s lunch, sponsored by DB Schenker and with Clare County Council, Shannon Commercial Properties, First Names Group and Baker Hughes, a GE company, as associate sponsors was the final event in the Chamber’s calendar of events for 2018. 

It has been a packed year for the business group, which is headed by Hospital woman Helen Downes.