Minister of State for Sport and Tourism, Michael Ring TD, together with Fáilte Ireland’s Eva Dearie, and a group of top US golf media, this week attended the opening of the new Kilmore 9 hole at Carne Golf Links in Belmullet.
The US golf writers and broadcasters arrived in Ireland following the British Open to experience first-hand Carne’s new 9 holes.
The visiting media are here as part of a visit supported by tourism bodies, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland and hosted by Carne Golf Links.
During their visit not only did they play on the original Hackett course and the new Kilmore 9 hole – but they attended a Gathering organised by John Gallagher, Chairman of Comharchumann Forbartha Ionad Deirbhile.
Indeed, local research with the Heritage Centre, Rosemarie Geraghty has linked her ancestors back to one of the visiting US golf media, John Garrity, long-time Sports Illustrated senior writer.
Eva Dearie, Fáilte Ireland, who spoke at the official opening, said: “Fáilte Ireland’s research shows that the golf sector provides a total overseas spend of €202m for the Irish economy.
“Good news indeed, and with 163,000 overseas visitors playing golf while in Ireland in 2012, each visitor is worth on average €1200 to the economy – two and a half times that of the average tourist. Indeed, North Americans are among the biggest spenders during their stay here, so we welcome these top US media who will spread the word on our world-class golf courses.”