Sinéad El Sibai

Like many other college graduates in the early 1980s, Sinéad El Sibai headed for the UK. “Ireland was in the depth of recession at the time and there(...)

Cormac Sheedy: “ I think Irish people adapt really well culturally, and we are genuinely interested to engage with Emeritis, about their families as well as sport.”

Cormac Sheedy first travelled to the Middle East in 1998. It was the start of a 20-year love affair with the region. “I moved to Dubai in 2003, aroun(...)

Capri ridden by Seamie Heffernan (left) on the way to  winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  at the Curragh. Photograph:   PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien won a 12th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday when the Séamus Heffernan ridden Capri won the €1.5 million Curragh highlight at odds(...)

 Rory McIlroy with The Irish Open trophyat the K Club last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When the Irish Open was held at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in 2010, it seemed, at the time, as if it had escaped the worst excesses of the rece(...)

Owen Bennett and his late wife, Fionnuala
Dreaming big in Dubai
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Originally from Clontarf, Owen Bennett studied marketing in Eccles Street and, on completion in 1976, opened a supermarket in Ballybough with his thre(...)

The purse for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is set to rise to €7 million in coming years, making it one of the biggest on the European Tour. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The purse for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is set to sky-rocket to €7 million, which would make it one of the richest prizefunds on the European Tou(...)

 Rory McIlroy will host the next three Irish Opens on behalf of his Rory Foundation. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The once ailing tournament has found new life, for sure. From a point where the total purse in 2011 amounted to €1.5 million, next year’s Irish Ope(...)

Rory McIlroy will continue to host the Irish Open for the next three years on behalf of his foundation, with Dubai Duty Free also extending its spo(...)

Calm before the storm: A view of the par three fourth hole at Royal County Down ahead of the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

When Rory McIlroy describes the Irish Open as his “fifth Major”, it is saying something. That means he places it above the WGCs, the Players et al – (...)

World number one McIlroy recognised the new title sponsors as “a strong global brand with great experience in sports sponsorship through golf, tennis and horse racing.” Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s association with the Irish Open – his charitable arm, the Rory Foundation is hosting this year’s tournament at Royal County Down on (...)

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