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Cabinet approves support to host The Ryder Cup 2026

The Cabinet has today approved support for Ireland to host The Ryder Cup in 2026.   This will be the first time in 20 years, and the second time in its history, that The Ryder Cup will be hosted here.  The Ryder Cup is Golf’s premier team contest and will be held at Adare Manor. 

The Government believes in supporting major events when they bring an economic, sporting and international benefit to Ireland. The Ryder Cup will provide us with an opportunity to showcase the best of Ireland both as a tourist and sporting destination.  

The Ryder Cup has grown considerably as an event since the last time Ireland hosted it in Straffan in 2006.   The Ryder Cup in Paris had 270,000 spectators from 90 countries. The global reach of the 2018 Ryder Cup has also increased as demonstrated by a significant increase in social media engagement and broadcast viewing figures.

Announcing the support, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar commented:

I am delighted that Ireland will be the host of The Ryder Cup in 2026.  It is great news for Ireland, and for County Limerick and the west of Ireland in particular.  

This news comes at the end of an historic week for golf on the island of Ireland, following the hugely successful hosting of the Open Championship by Royal Portrush Golf Club, and the historic victory by one of Ireland’s most popular sporting heroes, Shane Lowry.

Shane’s victory is one of many great achievements by Irish golfers, not just in Major Championships but also in The Ryder Cup.  Over the years, Irish captains and Irish players have played a huge role in the success of the European team. 

I am sure that when The Ryder Cup comes to Adare, we will see many more great sporting memories created, and great sporting friendships forged.  It will be a fantastic occasion for everyone on the island of Ireland, and for the many visitors from both sides of the Atlantic who can look forward to another great Irish welcome.

Commenting on the announcement, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross stated:

The passion of Irish people for golf across the island is well known and that was reinforced by the fantastic crowds at last Sunday’s Open Championship in Portrush and the joy at Shane’s great victory. Hosting The Ryder Cup here will be a great occasion for Irish golf and Irish tourism. The Ryder Cup in 2026 will be a must go event for golf fans when we expect thousands of overseas visitors to come to Ireland.

The news was further welcomed by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin who stated:

It's been a fantastic week for golf in Ireland following Shane Lowry's heroic win in Portrush. The announcement of The Ryder Cup for Ireland in 2026 is further great news and is a wonderful honour for all of us in Ireland, North and South. It's a special honour for the people of Munster, a province steeped in sporting culture, where this marvellous global event will be embraced by the people to make 2026 the greatest ever tournament in the history of The Ryder Cup.