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Last week saw the possibly biggest sporting event County Clare has ever seen! It definitely was the most prestigious one, and one that was viewed by around 500 million people around the world.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf tournament came to Lahinch and its internationally renowned golf course from 3rd to 7th July 2019, and with it thousands of golf professionals and amateurs, caddies, visitors, total non-golfers and everybody else!
It was an amazing event that spilled out onto the main street of Lahinch with family-friendly entertainment. In the run-up to the tournament, almost every house in Lahinch had been painted, and even two pubs opened again that had been closed and given up for dead. There was even evening events like concerts with free access for all!
Clare County Council, the organisers of this massive event, saw an opportunity to showcase not only Lahinch but also the rest of Clare, and especially food and other artisan products as well as art from the county.
Together with producers like St. Tola Goats Cheese, Wild Irish Seaweed and Meeres Puddings, the Burren Smokehouse was invited to have a presence next to the golf course during the four days of the festival. In a special Clare County Council tent, we were able to give out tastings and promote our Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon.
We had a blast at the tournament, and by the looks of it, so had everybody else!