RTE are reporting that the government are set to sign off on a proposal that will pave a way for the Ryder Cup to be held in Ireland in 2026. Shane Ross will report to the government with a memo that will need a licence for the event. Adare Manor is owned by businessman and horse racing owner JP McManus.
The event needs to be licenced as funds will obviously be needed in terms of traffic management, security, marketing and improvement to infrastructure in and around the venue in Co. Limerick. RTE report that the tournament, if it is held in Ireland, could be worth up to 161 million euros to the economy. It would also be shown to over 370 million home across the world. It has taken over a year of negotiations, the European Tour approached the Irish government in September 2018. There were a couple of other venues that were also keen to host the 2026 event, with the Belfry in the UK looking to host the tournament for the 4th time.
However, an exhibition took place last year to mark the reopening of Adare Manor. Officials have obviously been very impressed. That event attracted top golfers, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry. JP McManus has previously stated he would love to see Adare Manor host a top tournament. Speaking to the Irish Times in 2017 McManus said “We’d be delighted to host the Ryder Cup. It’s one of my long term dreams. The soonest possible time will be 2026 if we were to get it. “There is a lot of competition for it from Britain and the rest of Ireland. It’s a tough competition. I do believe that we have the facilities and a venue that can cater for it. You start off with that plan and you hope it meets everybody’s expectations.”