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Dungiven-based charity wins Irish Open ‘best dressed window’ competition

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Glenshane Care Association has claimed first prize in a competition held as part of the build-up to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. The Dungiven-based charity was presented with an iPad after winning ‘best dressed window’, in the initiative organised by Causeway Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Tourism NI.

The organisation provides a range of services and activities which make a real difference to the lives of disabled people. Its display featured handmade decorations and beautifully painted windows which showcased Portstewart Golf Club and some of our most well-known home grown golf stars Second place was claimed by William Hill Bookmakers in Portstewart, who received a pair of VIP tickets to the tournament. A framed pin flag, signed by golf superstar Rory McIlroy, was presented to Morelli’s on the Promenade who came third. The competition has added to the unique tournament atmosphere, which is expected to attract upwards of 100,000 people to Portstewart and the wider Causeway Coast and Glens. Annette Deighan from Causeway Chamber of Commerce said: “I would like thank all those businesses and community organisations who took part in our competition.

Their efforts have really added to the atmosphere of excitement and anticipation as we prepare for the arrival of this fantastic event.” The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE, said: “The window displays and shop fronts create a fantastic welcome for the fans, visitors and indeed the golfers themselves. Our entire Destination is looking forward to the arrival of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which will showcase the region to fans here, and to the millions watching around the world.

Over 40 entries were received for the competition, coming from Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Bushmills, Coleraine, Dungiven, Limavady, Portrush & Portstewart, while prizes were sponsored by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, European Tour and Tourism NI. The 2017 tournament is set to be the biggest to date, with a huge prize fund of $7m and a not-to-be-missed fan experience outside of the ropes. The Crescent area in Portstewart will be transformed into a live music venue and outdoor cinema, creating a festival atmosphere in the host town. For children, there’ll be face painters, balloon modelling and walkabout characters and on Saturday night (July 8th), the skies over Portstewart will light up with a spectacular fireworks display. Midsummer Sessions, a spin-off from the popular Atlantic Sessions, will see over 30 musicians playing free gigs in bars, hotels, coffee shops restaurants across the four days. For more information on the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the full festival programme go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com

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