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Irish Open prize money increased

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The Irish Open has secured the backing of a new title sponsor

The prize money for this year's Irish Open has been increased by 450,000 euros to 2.6 million euros.

The tournament will be played at County Louth, Baltray, from 14 to 17 May and will be sponsored by mobile network 3 for the next three years.

"We plan to bring new and innovative ideas to the event whilst respecting the tradition of the tournament." said Robert Finnegan, chief executive of 3.

The Irish Open was staged at Adare Manor for the last two years.

Mr Finnegan added: "The Irish Open is a real sleeping giant and we're looking forward to bringing it back to its rightful place as one of the strongest tournaments in Europe."



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