Castlebridge House stands in partial ruin in the village of Castlebridge, near Wexford town. In its former 19th-century pleasure gardens stand the ruins of one the finest rotunda conservatories in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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Phoenix Open winner Brooks Koepka has been “picking the brain” of “unbelievable” McIlroy. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - JUNE 29: Jamie Donaldson of Wales during the third round of the Irish Open at Carton House Golf Club on June 29, 2013 in Maynooth, Ireland.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry share a joke on the third tee during the first round of the Irish Open at Carton House.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling “a little lost” as he struggled to a first round of 74 in the Irish Open that left him eight shots off the lead and b(...)