Saturday, January 7, 2012

Yesterday's Loser... Today's Winner

Carton House lost out to Royal Portrush this week in its bid to host the Irish Open 2012.

But it was also confirmed that Carton House will host it in 2013, instead... which, if you've been paying attention, is the year of "The Gathering". No, not a horror movie being filmed in Leinster House - as appropriate as that might seem with Luke "Ming" Flanagan beating people to death with peat briquettes - The Gathering is, in official parlance:

"... the biggest tourism festival ever held in Ireland," said Failte Ireland chairman, Redmond O’Donoghue, at the press conference in the Royal Portrush clubhouse. It's designed to bring our Diaspora home for one big shindig.

If they get the rain that Carton House and the Irish Open endured when it was last held there in 2006, I don't see much of a gathering at all.

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