Minister Ross meets European Tour about hosting Ryder Cup

It is no secret that JP McManus and Adare Manor are keen to host the 2026 Ryder Cup. For this to happen it will take a lot of state support and it seems the current government are taking the plan very seriously.

Last week Labour TD Alan Kelly noticed that Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and a delegation had attended the recent Ryder Cup in Paris. No doubt looking to create controversy, Kelly posed the following question to Minister Ross seeking clarification on what the trip to Paris was for.

Kelly’s question was as follows.
“To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the decision was made to attend the 2018 Ryder Cup; the persons who travelled to the event; the date on which flights and hotels were booked; the cost of the trip by cost; the persons he met with; the location in which he met with Ryder Cup officials; when he met with the officials; the length of time he met them for; the location in which he met with European Ryder Cup officials; and the length of time he met them for.”

Minister Ross was swift with his reply and it has revealed just how serious the Irish government are on the proposed Ryder Cup bid as the government delegation met with Paul McGinley and all the top brass from the European Tour. Here is a shortened version of Minister Ross’s reply.

“The European Tour contacted the Department in late August and early September to inquire if either Minister Griffin or I would be interested in attending the event. The European Tour conveyed their wish to discuss the hosting of a future Ryder Cup in Ireland and sought a meeting to discuss same with Ministers and officials. The European Tour requested that the meeting would be held at Le Golf National in Paris on one of the three days of the Ryder Cup.

The hosting of a Ryder Cup gives rise to considerable economic value in the host country. Deloitte have reported on the value to the Irish economy of the 2006 Ryder Cup. The direct economic value was estimated to be more than €140m and the full impact was reported to be around €240m. Similarly, the value to the Scottish and Welsh economies, from the 2014 and 2010 events respectively, have been reported and are substantial.

Given the potential value of hosting a future Ryder Cup in Ireland, I reconsidered the European Tour’s request for a meeting. On 26 September, I decided that I would travel out to Paris to meet with the European Tour and I cancelled my prior commitments for the day of the meeting, i.e. Sunday, 30 September. I, along with the Secretary General of my Department, the Assistant Secretary with responsibility for tourism and sport and my Special Advisor, travelled to Paris and arrived in Paris on the evening of 29 September.

Flights for me and my Special Advisor were booked on 26 September and flight bookings for the Secretary General and Assistant Secretary were made on 21 September. The total cost of flights was €1,989.70. No costs were incurred for accommodation as this was provided by the European Tour.

Discussions with the European Tour began at a meeting in a pavilion at 11.30 a.m. at Le Golf National. Discussions continued with a viewing of the event infrastructure and facilities, followed by a second meeting at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday 30 September. The European Tour was represented by Mr. David Williams, Chairman of the European Tour, Mr. Keith Pelley, CEO of the European Tour, Mr. Guy Kinnings, European Tour Deputy CEO, Mr. Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Director, and Mr. Paul McGinley.”

It would seem it is only a matter of time before Adare Manor  2026 is confirmed ! Thanks to @OpenGolfIreland on twitter for drawing our attention to the reply.