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Eyes on the 148th Open at Royal Portrush

9th February 2019 - 9:30am

Fiona Cunningham and Clare Mc Coy (both Tourism Northern Ireland)

Fiona Cunningham and Clare Mc Coy (both Tourism Northern Ireland)

Tourism Northern Ireland hosted a glittering gala evening in the Titanic Centre, Belfast, to celebrate an epic year in tourism in 2019 and to herald the most important upcoming event, the 148th Open Golf Championship, to be hosted at Royal Portrush in July. Kindly invited by those hardworking ladies in Tourism Northern Ireland, Fiona Cunningham, Clare Mc Coy and Kirstin Smith, Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) experienced first-hand the splendid surrounds of the Titanic Centre and even considered participating in Game of Thrones! Northern Ireland has always dared to dream big and ever endeavours to promote the spirit of the people and the lovely landscape.

 

The superb showcasing of the region included celebrities from the world of sport, television, the arts and our presenters for the evening, Stephen Watson and Claire Mc Collum, did a wonderful job keeping the show on the road. Peter Alliss, renowned golf commentator, Sir Anthony Mc Coy and Jonathan Rea all joined the line-up for interview and we enjoyed a virtuoso piano performance from Michael Mc Hale and members of the Ulster Youth orchestra. The 148th Open will reach an estimated 600 million viewers worldwide, so eyes wide open for the Open! If only Rory can lift that Claret Jug when the final putt is sunk on July 21st 2019……. Can you taste the future coming? The mantra: “We’ve come a long way” is blissfully pertinent.


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Fiona Cunningham and Clare Mc Coy (both Tourism Northern Ireland)
Fiona Cunningham and Clare Mc Coy (both Tourism Northern Ireland)
Tom Sweeney (Independent Newspapers), Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) and David Gordon (Travelbites)
Eyes on the 148th Open at Royal Portrush
The Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast
Mike Nesbitt (Northern Ireland Assembly) and Tim Mc Garry (Actor from ‘Give my head Peace’)
Our presenters Stephen Watson (BBC) and Claire Mc Collum (Songs of Praise)
Jacinta announced as the new leading lady in Game of Thrones! Mind the dragons!
Fiona Cunningham (Tourism Northern Ireland)

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