Fáilte Ireland paid Golf Channel €187,500 towards broadcasting Irish Open
Tourism agency paid third parties €495,187 towards staging the event, figures show
Spanish golfer Jon Rahm who won the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire.
Fáilte Ireland paid the US-based Golf Channel €187,500 towards broadcasting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open staged in Lahinch in July.
According to figures provided by Fáilte Ireland in response to a Freedom of Information request, the tourism agency paid third parties €495,187 towards staging the event, with €250,000 going toward sponsorship of the event.
Clare County Council spent €4 million on upgrading the resort which included €550,000 on new public toilets for Lahinch.
The European Tour’s director of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Simon Alliss said that the event “was undoubtedly a huge success”.
A spokeswoman for Fáilte Ireland said that it was delighted to support the event which “provided unrivalled promotion of Ireland and Lahinch as both a golf and visitor destination”.
Some of the €4 million council spend was funded by Government grants. The spend included €2.5 million on Lahinch rock armour; €700,000 on the upgrade of roads, footpaths and car-parking; €75,000 on family entertainment; €50,000 on a paint scheme; €50,000 on tourism including aerial footage shown on the Golf Channel and €100,000 on roads, civil defence, waste management and gardening .