In yet another boost for golf fans on the island of Ireland, the Ryder Cup is set to make a return.
Adare Manor in Limerick has been confirmed as the 2026 venue for the biennial clash between Europe and the USA.
Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was among those to welcome the announcement, offering his congratulations to everyone who had made it possible.
“Fantastic to see the momentum in Irish golf continues to gather pace,” he added.
The tournament was last hosted by an Irish course when it was held at the K Club in Kildare in 2006.
The next Ryder Cup, in 2020, will see Dubliner Padraig Harrington take the reins of Team Europe.
The latest big golf news comes after Northern Ireland last week hosted the Open for the first time in 68 years and only the second time ever.
Co Offaly’s Shane Lowry secured his maiden major title in style at Royal Portrush.
Calls have already been made for the Open to make a quick return to Northern Ireland after the success of this year’s event.
Adare Manor owner JP McManus said he was delighted the venue had been chosen to host the prestigious Ryder Cup.
“It is a wonderful tribute to the many great Irish golf ambassadors and success stories Ireland has had in golf over the years - and a nice follow-on from Shane’s momentous Open win on Sunday in Portrush,” he added.
“The nation was behind Shane, it was a great achievement and very well deserved.
“I am confident that the people of Ireland will get behind the Ryder Cup and take the opportunity to showcase Ireland on the world stage and ensure that the 2026 Ryder Cup will be an outstanding success.”
European Ryder Cup Director Guy Kinnings said: “Adare Manor is a world class venue, both in terms of the golf course and the wider resort facilities.
“We could not be happier to be able to take golf’s greatest team contest back to Ireland and are delighted that Adare Manor will be the venue to showcase the next chapter in Ireland’s Ryder Cup story in seven years’ time.”