Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the news that Ballyliffin Golf Club is to host the 2018 Irish Open.

The Inishowen TD says hosting the tournament will be a huge boost to the Inishowen peninsula and Donegal as a whole.

“Hosting the Irish Open is a huge accolade for Ballyliffin Golf Club and is testament to the trojan work undertaken to develop the club to its current impeccable standard.  It is now arguably one of the best links courses in the world, boasting stunning views and scenery”, commented Deputy McConalogue.

“The club has attracted visitors from across the globe for decades keen to test their skills on the challenging courses.  The fact that it has been chosen for such a major tournament next year is a huge achievement.

“I would like to congratulate the management and committee for driving this project over the last number of years, and for their hard work in making this a reality.  The volume of work carried out by all past committees and members over the years has now paid off.

“I have no doubt that the local community will come together and make this one of the most successful and well-supported Irish Opens to date.”