eir Business has joined forces with The European Tour to become Official Telecommunications Sponsor of the 2015 Irish Open, hosted by The Rory Foundation. The event takes place in Royal County Down Golf Club from May 28-31 and will bring many of the biggest international golfing stars to Northern Ireland, including tournament host and World Number One, Rory McIlroy.
The combination of McIlroy’s influence in his homeland and the return to Royal Country Down has ensured a high quality field featuring Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and American Rickie Fowler.
This will be the second year that eir Business has been involved with the Irish Open, having launched its partnership with the event at the 2014 Irish Open at Fota Island. More than 80,000 visitors are expected at Royal County Down with an audience of millions watching the action on TV across the world, showcasing Irish golf on a global stage.
James Finnigan, Irish Open Commercial Director, said, “We are delighted to have eir Business on board as Official Telecommunications Sponsor. The Irish Open is one of the most highly anticipated events in the European golfing calendar and this year will showcase the greatest names in the sport. The support of companies such as eir Business is instrumental in highlighting the Irish involvement in golf and showcasing some of the world’s best players.”
Commenting on the announcement Gary Disley, Marketing Director, eir Business said: “We are very honoured to play such a big part in the tournament this year. Home-grown events of this kind benefit the whole country – from an economic perspective, but also in terms of showcasing our world-class players and the stunning Irish scenery. Our customers are passionate about sporting events like the Irish Open and eir Business is very proud to be cheering alongside them this year.”
The last time the Irish Open was held in Northern Ireland was in 2012 when the record-breaking event at Royal Portrush became the first European Tour event to sell out in advance.