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Portstewart to host 2017 Irish Open

Portstewart Golf Club has been chosen to host next year's Irish Open.

The European Tour event has also been moved from its recent May slot to the first week of July.

By staging the tournament on the Co Londonderry seaside links course, two weeks ahead of the Open Championship, organisers hope to attract world stars keen to experience conditions similar to those they will encounter at Open venue Royal Birkdale.

Lough Erne Golf Resort had been due to host the 2017 tournament but that plan was scrapped earlier this year.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is hosted in conjunction with Rory McIlroy's charity, the Rory Foundation.

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has welcomed the announcement.

"I want to ensure that the Irish Open benefits the local economy across the days of the tournament in Portstewart next July by showcasing the beautiful north coast area to the world," he said.


AP McCoy leads tributes to JT McNamara

Renowned amateur jockey John Thomas McNamara has died aged 41. Credit: PA

Tony McCoy has led the tributes as the world of horse racing mourns the death of former jockey JT McNamara.

The prolific Irish amateur rider, who was paralysed following a serious fall two years ago, died at his home in Co Limerick at the age of 41.

Twenty-time champion jockey AP McCoy said he’ll be sadly missed.

McCoy said: “He was a brilliant man and he was a brilliant jockey too and it’s very sad circumstances - but I think it’s important we remember him as a brilliant jockey and as a brilliant person, because he was that.”


Patterson seals away win for Derry City

Bohemian FC 0-1 Derry City

Derry City made it back to back wins to consolidate third place in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division with a 1-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.

The decisive goal came on ten minutes with Rory Patterson on target and in the end it was enough to secure all three points for the visitors.

Bohs squandered a glorious chance to snatch a late equaliser with Ian Morris somehow firing wide of a gaping Derry goal in the final seconds.

Earlier, after Bohs failed to take a half chance Derry took the lead after a move involving Josh Daniels, Aaron McEneff and Conor Cormack with Patterson nipping in ahead of a defender to record his ninth goal of the season.

City keeper Ger Doherty prevented the home side from hitting back with a smart save to deny Eoin Wearen on 28 minutes.

Derry never really created many chances to extend their lead in the second half but they looked fairly comfortable at the back, dealing with anything that Bohs could throw at them.

After Doherty was called upon to tip over an effort from sub Mark Quigley they held out to the end thanks to that glaring miss by Morris right on the whistle.

The Finn Harps clash against Dundalk scheduled for Friday night was cancelled due to the Co Louth side's progress in Europe.

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