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County Kildare Community Network

Irish Open 2013

Community Events Guide


The Community Events Guide is part of the Three Towns Initiative, aimed at ensuring that the Irish Open becomes a great festival, not just in terms of golf but also the manner in which it involves the wider community including the towns of Maynooth, Leixlip and Celbridge.

Additionally, three former Irish Open champions have all agreed to become Ambassadors for each of the three towns for the duration of the tournament. Richard Finch will represent Celbridge; Australian Brett Rumford, the 2004 winner will be the ambassador for Maynooth, while 2010 champion Ross Fisher of England will join forces with Leixlip.

The combined population of Maynooth, Celbridge and Leixlip and their environs is around 50,000 people, with all three towns located between two and three miles from the front gate at Carton House.

Representatives from the towns’ social, business, cultural and political communities have focused on this year’s Irish Open to galvanise their combined communities into turning North Kildare into an exciting and attractive feast of golf and a festival that the entire community - especially families - can enjoy.

This initiative will help promote the ‘festival of golf’ ambience which helped elevate recent Irish Opens in Killarney and Royal Portrush into highly significant social and cultural – as well as sporting - events for those respective towns and wider communities.

A range of initiatives are underway to ensure that there is a ‘Cead Mile Fáilte’ for players, sponsors, media, golf enthusiasts, casual visitors and those who live, work or visit the area to share in the excitement and sense of occasion.