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Irish Open brings festival feel to Portstewart

Irish Open brings festival feel to Portstewart

Mon, July 10, 2017

On the green and outside the ropes – Portstewart came alive during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The five day unmissable event welcomed thousands of visitors and some of golf’s top global stars as they descended on the seaside town.

The on-course action was complemented by a packed festival programme organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, which transformed the Crescent area into an outdoor entertainment venue featuring live music, animation and family-friendly films broadcast on a big screen. Fireworks lit up the sky on Saturday night and the festival came to a close on Sunday night with Roary The Dinosaur thrilling the crowds.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE, said: “The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was billed as an unmissable event and it certainly lived up to its name. Our festival programme was a great attraction for the huge numbers of people we welcomed to Portstewart, and it certainly helped to create a very special atmosphere in the town. The reaction to the tournament has been fantastic, and we have helped to create a truly memorable visitor experience for all. I want to thank all of those who made the event such a success.”

Throughout the week, Midsummer Sessions brought the very best of acts from Northern Ireland’s music scene to bars, cafes and restaurants. A spin-off from the popular Atlantic Sessions, free gigs from over 30 musicians showcased the rich variety of our home grown musical talent.

And right across the Causeway Coast and Glens, businesses, community groups and charities embraced the event and helped to create a truly welcoming atmosphere. A window-dressing competition, organised by Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Tourism NI, added to the overall buzz, with Glenshane Care Association in Dungiven worthy winners thanks to their artistic impressions of some well-known golf faces.

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