The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, along with Brendan Griffin, the Minister of State with responsibility for Sport and Tourism, today welcomed the news that golf’s major team competition, The Ryder Cup, is returning to Ireland in 2026.
Minister Ross said:
Minister Griffin said:
Speaking about the profile of the event, Minister Ross said:
The Ryder Cup comprises a series of “matchplay” matches played between teams representing Europe and the USA over three days. The event is held every two years, with hosting the event alternating between Europe and the USA. The next event is scheduled for Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020.
Minister Ross said:
He said that he met with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of the European Tour in Paris last September to discuss the possibility or Ireland hosting the Ryder Cup in 2026.
In November last, both Minister Ross and the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, met with European tour executives. Both Taoiseach and the Minister indicated a willingness to support the proposal that would work for both Ireland and the European Tour.
Following that meeting, intensive talks have taken place between officials from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, supported by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, and the European tour to scope out the impact of the tournament and support necessary from Government.
Ministers Ross and Griffin said as part of this, a pre-event economic impact study was commissioned by Fáilte Ireland on behalf of the department, on hosting the Ryder Cup in Adare in 2026. The study concluded that in terms of impact, the projected spend in the Irish economy (including direct, indirect and induced impact) would be in the range of €90m to €161m. The event would also have a strong regional impact supporting jobs, particularly in the Mid West and South West. The study estimates 1,220 full time jobs would be created due to the event.
The government and the Tour have now agreed a financial support package comprising Licence Fees, investment in Irish Golf Tour Events and Marketing. The precise details are commercially sensitive for the European Tour.
The State will also support the event through the provision of local authority and public services such as policing and transport as well as supporting the staging of fan zones and promotional events such as the opening ceremony. There will also be a programme of marketing to maximise the impact of the event for Ireland in terms of profile, attendance and long term legacy.
All of the costs in making the course suitable to host the event would be borne by Adare Manor.