Portrush

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Aerial view of the Barry’s Amusements site in Portrush, Co Antrim

The site of Barry’s Amusements in Portrush, Co Antrim, has gone on sale as a development opportunity, which could be turned into a hotel or residentia(...)

Shane Lowry shows off the Claret Jug ahead of the 2019 All-Ireland SHC semi-final between Limerick and Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

You can provide a legacy in different ways. How about by beating all-comers on the linksland of Royal Portrush to lift a Claret Jug? Shane Lowry, stil(...)

Portmarnock GC:  is the club seeking change for the same reason the British clubs did? In order to be able to host prestigious tournaments such as the Irish Open. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

Daybreak yesterday on the yoga mat. The red phone in the corner, code secured in its Perspex casing, started to vibrate mid Downward Dog pose. That’s (...)

Writer Tom Coyne made 103 room reservations and over 40 tee times. By the end of the trip he had hit 4,531 shots, lost 129 balls and visited 196 pubs. Photograph: Inpho

At first it was a crazy idea. A trip from the United States to Ireland to play every links course on the island - with a few parkland along the way - (...)

Picnic in the sun at St. Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

From March onwards, it was the strangest of times to be out and about reporting. Work took me all over the country both during and between lockdowns. (...)

The sun going down at Portrush harbour. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

From Derry to Ballycastle, tourist towns are ‘buzzing’ but contact tracing is inconsistent and holidaymakers are confused by different rules north (...)

Royal Portrush Golf Club: Last year, the Open delivered a £100 million boost to the North’s economy. Photograph: Stuart Franklin

At Royal Portrush Golf Club, the stands are gone. Last summer, the 18th hole was packed with people cheering Shane Lowry as he sank his final putt and(...)

Conor Moore: “I thought, ‘nobody is doing golf impersonations’. I took off about six to eight weeks and I learnt 10 guys and I put the video out for the Masters in 2018. And literally the night I put it out, the Golf Channel reached out to me and said we would like to talk to you about some opportunities. The rest is history.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Conor Moore is on the other end of the phone. There’s social distancing and, well, there’s real social distancing. Other side of the Atlantic style. (...)

Shane Lowry walks up the 18th at Portrush en-route to British Open victory. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Getty/AFP

Shane Lowry has always been blessed with a candour that makes his depiction of trying to cross the line at a British Open no surprise. “It’s not a nic(...)

 Phil Mickelson plays a six-iron from the pine straw on the 13th hole during the final round of the 2010 Masters at Augusta. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

He missed the putt, which gets forgotten. But we’ll come to that. It very nearly wasn’t even the most spectacular shot on that hole that day, that hou(...)

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