There was more great news from the Irish Open on Friday when the Mercy Hospital Foundation was announced as the official charity of the Irish Open. The event which takes place at Fota Island Resort is only three weeks away and the relationship with the Mercy Hospital is another demonstration of the strong Cork links with the 2014 event. The Foundation was selected from a shortlist of local charities by the trustees of the Tour’s charitable arm, the Tour Players Foundation (TPF) who look to support charity in the regions that the European Tour run events.
The TPF looks to support charities with a specific focus on children and young people. A range of charitable initiatives at this year’s Irish Open will help raise substantial funds for the Mercy Hospital’s Kids and Teens Appeal. Spectators, players and sponsors will all have an opportunity to contribute to the charity which has an overall fundraising target of €100,000 this year for the Foundation’s paediatric services. Mark Roe, former European Tour player and Chairman of the Tour Players Foundation, commented: “The Mercy Hospital Foundation’s work with young children in the Cork area made a strong impression on the Trustees and we are delighted to work with them in the coming weeks before and during the Irish Open to assist their fundraising for the Kids and Teens Appeal.”
Micheál Sheridan, CEO of The Mercy Hospital Foundation, said: “Our mission is to support the Hospital in delivering the highest quality of patient care by raising funds. This is only possible through the help of our supporters and donors, and charity partnerships like this one with the Irish Open.” Shane Lowry, whose recent return to form has made his own headlines also passed on his approval for the announcement, he said: “My girlfriend works as a children’s nurse so I can appreciate the efforts that go into making the youngsters’ lives better. As official charity of the Irish Open, the Mercy Kids and Teens Appeal should benefit greatly from this association with the game of golf.”
Over 100,000 spectators are expected to visit Fota Island over the five days of the tournament, making it one of the biggest European Tour events of the year. Advance tickets sales are strong and anyone buying now will get the discounted rate. Season tickets (4 days) are €70 and daily tickets are €30 (plus booking) when purchased through http://www.irishopen.ie. The standard rates are €80 for a season ticket and €35 for the daily ticket.