Transport Routes confirmed for Irish Open

Transport Routes confirmed for Irish Open

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Fans are being encouraged to take advantage of FREE Park & Ride shuttle services when the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open makes it inaugural visit to Lahinch Golf Club on July 4-7, 2019.

The second Rolex Series event on the 2019 Race to Dubai will welcome a star-studded field, including 2017 Champion Jon Rahm, former World Number One Martin Kaymer, Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, Englishman Ian Poulter and previous Rolex Series event winners Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and homegrown star Shane Lowry.

The 2014 Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley will host the event, with tens of thousands of fans expected to descend on the County Clare links, perched on the famous Wild Atlantic Way coast of Ireland.

All public parking will be located at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Park & Ride facilities to ensure minimal disruption for Lahinch residents and assist with traffic flow. Fans are advised to turn off their satellite navigation systems and follow the appropriate signage to the Park & Ride sites.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Park & Ride service will run from 7:00am to 8:45pm on Wednesday July 3, 6:15am to 10pm on Thursday July 4 to Saturday July 6, and from 6:15am to 8pm on the final day of play on Sunday July 7.

The service will be free for all spectators, with visitors travelling to Lahinch who do not plan to attend the golf also permitted to use the Park & Ride system free of charge.

There will also be a free public bus services to and from the event for residents of both Ennistymon and Liscannor from 7:00am to 8:45pm on Wednesday July 3, 6:15am to 10pm on Thursday July 4 to Saturday July 6, and from 6:15am to 8pm on Sunday July 7.

With fans able to easily walk between the course and the popular tourist town of Lahinch, spectators are advised to avoid driving into the town, where there will be several additional traffic regulations and parking restrictions in place.

Restrictions will be in place on the R478 Lahinch Town – Liscannor from 6am to 10pm on Wednesday July 3 to Sunday July 7, and the N67 Lahinch Main Street from 4pm to 9pm on Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7.

“We are delighted to be heading to the historic links at Lahinch Golf Club for the first time”, said Simon Alliss, the European Tour’s Championship Director for the tournament. “Lahinch Golf Club is one of the finest links courses in Ireland and this championship will not only showcase the tremendous golf offering in County Clare but also the unrivalled beauty and hospitality that can be found on the west coast of Ireland.

‘’We would like to extend our gratitude to the local council and organisations who have gone above and beyond to provide golf fans with the best possible experience, and we thank the spectators who will join us throughout the week for noting the travel arrangements in place to help make this an enjoyable week for local residents and those travelling from further afield.’’

Tickets for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open are on sale at www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com and begin at €23 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with single tickets for Thursday or Friday costing €30 and day tickets for each weekend day costing €35 each. An adult season ticket, which covers five days of world-class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, begins at a special price of just €110.

Lahinch Golf Club is expected to provide a festival atmosphere unlike any other, with the popular tourist village of Lahinch on the doorstep of the famous links course.

Children under 12 years of age are entitled to free entry when accompanied by an adult, day junior tickets for those between 12 and 17 years of age are €10 (€30 for a season ticket) while those aged between 18 and 21, as well as students with valid student cards and over 60s, can avail of a concession ticket – €20 for a day (€80 for a season).

For all local road closures and traffic and travel updates, fans are asked to keep an eye on Clare County Council’s Twitter account @clarecoco

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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