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The Monaghan Irish Challenge

October 4th, 2018

The Monaghan Irish Challenge

2 October 2018; Former Monaghan footballer Dick Clerkin, watched by current Monaghan footballers Jack McCarron and Conor McManus, right, during the pro-am event at Concra Wood in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, ahead of the Monaghan Irish Challenge event which runs from the 4th to the 7th October. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

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Monaghan is hoping to become the next big destination for golfing holidays in Ireland, as Concra Wood, the jewel in the county’s golfing crown, hosts the Monaghan Irish Challenge pro tournament, part of the prestigious European Tour, 4-7 October. Fáilte Ireland data shows that golfers are among the most valuable visitors to Ireland, spending an estimated €1,200 per person on each trip: more than 2.5 more than the average overseas visitor.

With five fabulous golf courses set amid trademark rolling green drumlins punctuated by lush forests and beautiful lakes, each located around an hour’s drive of either Dublin or Belfast, the county offers golfers the complete package. There are several great value ‘play and stay’ offers available throughout Monaghan, with prices starting from just €69pp.

Concra Wood (Par 72) on the outskirts of Castleblayney is considered to be one of the best golf courses in Ireland, offering both breath-taking panoramic views looking out over Lough Muckno and Hope Castle, and a challenging game of golf on a course designed by two Irish golfing legends: Christy O’Connor Senior and Junior. Concra Wood is an 18-hole, par 72 championship course.

The Monaghan Irish Challenge runs from today until 7 October, with 19 Irish players taking part. Monaghan County Council  a major sponsor  of Monaghan GAA is one of the headline sponsors of the tournament.

Eamonn O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, speaking at the launch of the event last month, said: “Monaghan County Council is delighted to support such a great event that will not only showcase Concra Wood to a global audience but County Monaghan as a tourist destination.

“I look forward to coming back to Concra Wood during the event to see the golfers take in the stunning scenery and tackle the course that will no doubt be a great challenge for them. I and Monaghan County Council would like to wish Concra Wood all the best for the tournament and I know it will be a success.”

Seamus Mallon, Chairman of Concra Wood Golf Club, said: “The Monaghan Irish Challenge is an enormous opportunity for our golfers to compete at an international event and we wish them all well.

“This event will be a huge boost, not only to Concra Wood, but to all the guest houses, hotels, restaurants and ancillary outlets in Castleblayney and the surrounding area.

“I have no doubt that the Challenge Tour is choosing one of the best golf courses in Ireland to showcase the Challenge Tour at its best.”

The Monaghan Irish Challenge runs 4-7 October 2018 and is free to attend. Tickets can be booked here:

About The European Challenge Tour

The European Challenge Tour is ‘Where Heroes Are Made’. Since its inception in 1987, it has developed into a proven training ground, where the champions-in-waiting compete across the globe for a place on the European Tour.

Many players have progressed from the Challenge Tour and gone on to become Major Champions – including Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen – and Ryder Cup stars, such as Ian Poulter and Thomas Pieters.

Today, the Challenge Tour carries a total prize fund in the region of 6.5 million Euro during a season encompassing more than 25 tournaments across three continents. Known as the Road to Ras Al Khaimah the season begins in Kenya in March and finishes in November in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

Using its vast international schedule and relationships with golf federations and PGAs, it is widely accessible to professionals from across the globe, giving players from developing golfing nations the opportunity to test their skill amongst some of the most talented up and coming stars in world golf.

The competition is fierce, testing players’ ability and character to the limit.

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