The 3 Irish Open, which will be played at County Louth Golf Club, Baltray, Drogheda, from May 14-17, 2009 is set to boost Ireland’s economy by upwards of €8 million* and will provide an international showcase for Ireland’s golf assets.
Last year, the event opened a window on Ireland to over 588 million homes worldwide, which in marketing terms has a global media value of over €27 million.**

Chairman of the Tourism Committee of The Drogheda and District Chamber and General Manager of The d Hotel Drogheda, Rory Scott, welcomes the 3 Irish Open back to Baltray, Drogheda and County Louth. “We are delighted to welcome the Irish Open back to Baltray. Our area will benefit greatly from the €8 million that the event is set to generate. We also look forward to showcasing the world class hospitality and heritage that Drogheda and District has to offer visitors from Ireland and abroad and to giving the international tv viewing audience a truly spectacular view of Ireland, Louth and Drogheda at the 3 Irish Open. This event will certainly continue to strengthen Drogheda and Districts reputation for world class golf courses, tourism facilities and with its ideal proximity to Dublin and Belfast, high class infrastructure, and highly educated population, making it a great location for foreign direct investment and a great place to live, work and visit.” he said.

Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism said “Our passion for golf, combined with our renowned tradition of hospitality, has enabled us to become a holiday destination of choice for golfers from all over the world and Ireland attracts more than 190,000 overseas golfers every year. Just as the game of golf is highly competitive, so is golf tourism and Ireland now competes for its golfing visitors with destinations right across the globe. Golf contributes an estimated €167m to the Irish economy. The 3 Irish Open ensures that our visibility remains high.”

Minister Cullen added: “3 has shown strong commitment to Irish sport through this sponsorship. The 3 Irish Open is also receiving significant Government support through the International Sports Tourism Initiative, which is administered by Fáilte Ireland.”

Robert Finnegan, Chief Executive of 3, said: “The 3 Irish Open will be a huge boost for the Irish economy. It holds great potential for Ireland and we’re looking forward to bringing the event back to its rightful place as one of the strongest tournaments in Europe. This will, in turn, bring economic benefit back into the local community”

Season tickets to see Padraig Harrington and many of the world’s best players in action for four days over the classic links layout at Baltray, County Louth are available at a 30 per cent discount if purchased before midnight on Sunday, May 10; while advance Daily ticket purchases carry a 25 per cent discount of the Gate price. Junior fans, under the age of 16, who are accompanied by a paying adult, will be granted free access to the tournament throughout the
week. To take advantage of these advance ticket offers, please visit: www.europeantourtickets.com or call the following number: +353 (0) 1-890-252-698 (Freephone in the Republic of Ireland).