IRISH football great Niall Quinn said he was "giddy" when he got the invite to play in the JP McManus Pro-Am in Adare Manor.
"To get the call up for this is as good as any call-up I got for Ireland. It's amazing," smiled the gentle giant.
The former fearsome forward said being in Adare Manor for the unique event this Monday is like a how a child must feel when they go to Disneyland first.
"It’s great to be rubbing shoulders with all these famous golfers, celebrities, those from the world of business and sporting heroes. To be part of it I feel very lucky," said Niall.
Some of the World's top golfers and sporting celebrities are taking part in the star-studded event which is expected to raise tens of millions of euro for local charities.
The first golfers teed off shortly after 8am this morning while the second round of matches began just after lunchtime.
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