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Cross-border plan for Irish Open

The Ballyliffin links in County Donegal
Ballyliffin will play host to the 2008 Irish Seniors Open

A plan has emerged for links courses Royal Portrush and Ballyliffin to host the Irish Open on alternate years.

Adare Manor in Limerick is scheduled to stage the European Tour event for the third and last time in 2009.

Talks have started on getting the money required to enable the tournament to be played on Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula and the causeway Coast in Antrim.

John Farren, the general manager of the Ballyliffin course, described the cross-border initiative as "a goer."

Ballyliffin is playing host to the 2008 Irish Seniors Open from 20-22 June.

"We work hand-in-glove with Royal Portrush as partners in the North and West Coast Links and we are close neighbours," said Farren.

"What is good for them is good for us.

"So both of us have approached both governments and tourism authorities with regard to a proposal we have made to the European Tour.

"I have to say we have been told we are pressing the right buttons. It is just a matter of finance."

Tour star Graeme McDowell is from Portrush and has said it would be a dream to play there in a big tournament.

He tasted success there in 2000 when he won the Irish Close Championship.




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