Adare Manor 2026 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup will take place in Adare Manor in 2026 after it was confirmed as the host venue for the 2026 Biennial competition that will be played in Rome and New York in 2022 and 2024 before landing in Limerick in 7 years time.

It was confirmed today that the Irish Open’s future is secure until 2026 which is good news coming off the back of a successful is staging in Lahinch 3 weeks ago. The good news just keeps coming for the golf fraternity after Shane Lowry’s win in Portrush last week.

The hosting of the Ryder Cup will be the culmination of years of work for JP Mc Manus and all the staff that work in Adare. It was his stated desire when he purchased Adare Manor that he would bring the Ryder Cup to Limerick and now the dream will be realised in 2026.

While the confirmation of the news will be welcomed, it is now that the tough work will begin to put the correct infrastructure in place, roads, public transport etc and also making sure that the Manor will be in good shape.

With the backing of the Irish Government, JP and his team in Adare will have 7 years to put all the right infrastructure in place to make this Ryder Cup one to remember like the K Club in 2006.

It will be the biggest world sporting event staged in Ireland like the Paralympics that was held in 2003. The work that has gone in to get this bid off the ground has to be commended. The Manor saw off competition from the Belfrey to name one course that looked to host the Ryder Cup.

As I say, the hard work will commence right away because 7 years seems a long way off but in sporting terms it is only a short period. Here’s hoping that everyone gets in behind this and all the required support will be put in place to help all in the Manor to chance to show Limerick off and also the West of Ireland.

It will be a huge boost to the tourist sector but this news will also be a boost to the golf clubs all over Ireland like Shane Lowry winning last weekend, it will mean people will dust off the clubs and go out and play a round in their local club.

2026 is 7 years away but this is terrific for the sporting scene in Ireland. Well done to JP and all his team in Adare. Roll on 2026…..

World Cup 2021 Qualifier Route

The IRFU have today given a much needed boost to the women’s game after they revealed a plan to try and help Ireland gain qualification for the 2021 World Cup. They will have two Internationals in November 2019. They will have a National camp in August. This will hopefully set them up for the games that will come in November and the 6 Nations of 2020.

It is good to see the IRFU put this together and Adam Griggs and his coaching staff can now put a plan together as they will have much needed time together in August and again in November. This plan is 2 years in the making after a poor showing at a home World Cup alongside some poor displays in the last two 6 Nations under Adam Griggs.

Yes there has been a large turn over in players in the past few seasons with some really experienced players making way for less experienced players but you still have a core group of leaders like Claire Molloy, Lindsey Peat and Ciara Griffin. These are the players that will hopefully lead Ireland to the 2021 World Cup.

The games are against Italy and Scotland and an as yet unnamed opponent. Ireland will know that the performances of the past few months just won’t cut it at the very top level. They will have 9 training camps before the serious stuff of qualifying will kick off.

The hope with this plan is that it won’t just be a flash in the pan situation where these games have only been put into the schedule for this season. There has to be room for this set up to continue beyond the qualifying campaign of late 2020. The IRFU have committed to this plan and the appetite is there from the players to try and get to the 2021 World Cup.

With the positive impact that we have seen from the recent Women’s World Cup in France, let’s hope that the appetite for women’s sport will continue into the future. I am not trying to compare like for like because rugby still has some distance to go to gain the same recognition as Football.

The coverage of women’s sport is beginning to gain real momentum and will only get stronger as the years roll on. I have been a strong supporter of the Irish women’s rugby side since 2013 and I can now count a number of that grand slam winning side as friends. Let’s hope that this 13 month plan for World Cup qualification is a permanent fixture. Roll on the camp in August and the pair of games set for November….

World Cup 2019 Preparations

As the 2019 World Cup roars into view for all 20 competing nations who are beginning to sharpen up their preparations with Fiji beating the Maori All Blacks in Suva last night other sides like the Rugby Championship sides will commence a shortened version of the annual championship with all teams playing only 3 rounds before the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Ireland for their part are in camp in Limerick from Monday based in Munster’s high performance centre in UL. They will hold an open training session in Thomond Park next Friday. They have just spent the last few days in Galway while also holding two earlier camps in Carton House. They will face Italy, England and Wales in World Cup warm up games before departing for Japan to begin against Scotland on September 22nd.

Jonathan Sexton sustained a thumb last week injury that will see him on reduced training for between 4 and 6 weeks. This will give men like Joey Carbery, Jack Carty and Ross Byrne the chance to shine to push their selection prospects. It will be very interesting to see what way Schmidt will break his 45 man squad down to 31 where he will cut 14 names in the coming weeks but many will get the chance to shine against Italy on August 10th in Dublin.

This for most will be there one real shot unless Schmidt decides to delay naming his 31 man squad until closer to departure time. The addition of Will Addison after only a few weeks of pre season with Ulster says that Addison is in a strong position to travel like Conor Murray in 2011 and Tadgh Furlong in 2015.

The breakdown of the squad may only see two out halves named with three scrum halves or flip that on its head where Joey Carbery could easily cover the 9 shirt if Schmidt and his coaches went slightly differently in terms of selection. The time is now for all 45 players because all 45 will feel they can break into the final 31.

Next week in another chance for the whole squad to show what they can do in the surroundings of UL and Thomond Park. It will be an interesting few days in Limerick. They is only 69 days between now and the kick off of the World Cup for Ireland in Japan and we can finally see can Ireland break the quarter final hoodoo… 69 days and counting…..