The Ryder Cup is returning to Ireland.
Golf’s flagship tournament will be held at Limerick’s Adare Manor in 2026.
The Taoiseach confirmed the news at a press conference in Donegal this afternoon.
Taoiseach and Sports Minister confirm the Ryder Cup is coming to Ireland in 2026 pic.twitter.com/tuJcOzl0iH
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It is only the second time it has been hosted on Irish shores – with the K Club in County Kildare providing the backdrop in 2006.
Negotiations have been ongoing in the background for a number of months and the Cabinet signed off on a financial package this morning.
Around 270,000 people from 90 countries attended the tournament in Paris 2018 and the Government said securing the 2026 event will provide an opportunity to “showcase the best of Ireland both as a tourist and sporting destination.”
#RyderCup2026 to be held at @AdareGC in Limerick. Guy Kinnings, European @RyderCup Director "Without the personal support of Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar we certainly wouldn’t be here. We have our heartfelt thanks to give to him and to the whole of the Irish Government". @EuropeanTour pic.twitter.com/2KuKRaj9yC
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Leo Varadkar said the coup is great news for Ireland and for County Limerick and the west of Ireland in particular.
“This news comes at the end of an historic week for golf on the island of Ireland, following the hugely successful hosting of the Open Championship by Royal Portrush Golf Club and the historic victory by one of Ireland’s most popular sporting heroes, Shane Lowry,” he said.
“Shane’s victory is one of many great achievements by Irish golfers – not just in Major Championships but also in The Ryder Cup.
“Over the years, Irish captains and Irish players have played a huge role in the success of the European team.”
He said the 2026 tournaments will be a “fantastic occasion for everyone on the island of Ireland and for the many visitors from both sides of the Atlantic, who can look forward to another great Irish welcome.”
Negotiations with the tournament organisers concluded last week.
The Sports Minister Shane Ross said the fee being paid in order to host the tournament is not being released as it is “commercially sensitive.”
“The total cost to the Government is going to be in the ballpark of just over €50m,” he said.
The fee includes investment in Irish Golf Tour Events and Marketing
A study undertaken by Fáilte Ireland suggested it will be benefit the economy to the tune of up to €161m.