Mayor's Diary

Countdown begins to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Countdown begins to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Wed, May 17, 2017

After months of build-up, and an incredible amount of behind the scenes work, the North West 200 is over for another year.

For the first time, I attended the races on the Thursday evening. Thanks to huge crowds, and perfect weather, it was a fantastic evening for everyone.

With the weather taking a turn for the worse on Saturday, riders, spectators and organisers showed true patience and resilience. And when the rain cleared they were rewarded with one of the events most exciting finales.

I would like to congratulate all the riders and winners, and everyone who helped to make this a truly memorable week.

Looking ahead, the countdown begins now to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.

Last night, I attended a Sponsors and Media Dinner in the Galgorm Hotel, Ballymena, which was a fantastic occasion for everyone.

A real air of anticipation is starting to build now, with just 50 days to go until the world’s biggest golfing stars descend on our Borough.

Today, sponsors and media members will get a chance to play the course at Portstewart, but I have decided I would be better to sit that one out!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Limavady United, after their recent win over Linfield Swifts in the Intermediate Cup Final. This victory sealed a memorable treble for the side, so my best wishes go to all involved.

Looking ahead to this week’s events, and tomorrow evening sees the launch of the County Derry fleadh, which is coming to Limavady from next Thursday (May 25th) until Sunday (May 28th). The town is set to come alive with the sound and spectacle of traditional music and dance, and I hope it is a great success for the organisers.

On Friday, I will be in Ballycastle as we look ahead to the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which begins on May 26th.  On the day, two currachs will be rowed from Rathlin Island to Ballycastle, following a path through the Rathlin Sound – the body of water which separates the two areas. The vessels are due to arrive at Ballycastle Harbour at 4pm, where I look forward to meeting some of those involved with this fantastic event.

The Mayor pictured with Simon Alliss, the European Tour’s Championship Director for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, at last night's Sponsors and Media dinner held in the Galgorm, along with the trophy which will be presented to the tournament winner.