Two primary schools in Munster have won a trick shot competition run by the organisers of next week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch.
St Conaire’s National School in Shannon and Ennis National School, both in County Clare, were chosen by tournament host and 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley to have a special visitor come to their school ahead of this year’s tournament at the famous links course.
You’d have to say there’s a fair bit of sporting talent at the schools and there will be hurling as well as golf scouts keeping an eye on the boys and girls that took trick shotting to a new level in their entry.
The children from St. Conaire’s N.S. can’t wait to see you all at Lahinch Golf Club in July #DDFIrishOpen #kidstrickshot @LahinchGolfClub @DDFIrishOpen @mcginleygolf @ShaneLowryGolf @padraig_h pic.twitter.com/qDJbfISiHQ
— St. Conaire’s (@StConaires) May 23, 2019
Former European Tour star Des Smyth and Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Championship Director Simon Alliss visited both schools yesterday with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open trophy in hand.
Pupils and teachers had the chance to get up close and personal with the trophy, which will be presented to the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open champion in just 12 days’ time at Lahinch Golf Club.
As part of the prize, students were treated to an insightful question and answer session with Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Championship Director, Simon Alliss and two-time Ryder Cup player Des Smyth.
The students who entered the competition have also won tickets to the tournament and will receive a behind the scenes tour of the event from European Tour staff.
The stars of the video above include Evan O’Brien (4th class), his sister Lauren O Brien (6th class), Millie O’Connell (4th class), Roisin Walsh (5th class), Alex O’Donnell (6th class) and Anna Kelly (6th class) of St Conaire’s National School, Tullyvarraga.
“This is the first year the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will take place in County Clare so it was great to get out and meet the locals by visiting the two schools,” said Championship Director Simon Allis.
“The creativity of both schools certainly shone in their trick shot entries; I must say they are a very talented bunch. Some of them will make great future golfers and I’m hoping they will all come down and support their favourite golfers in Lahinch next week and be part of the festival atmosphere.”
“As well as golf, we have music from Sharon Shannon, Chasing Abbey and Hermitage Green and events in the Lifestyle Pavilion such as BEO Bites and talks with Dr Hazel Wallace and Stefanie Preissner.”