Sport Ireland and Ministers welcome Golf Ireland

​Warm welcome to news of Golf Ireland 

  • 19 January 2019

​Photo: John Treacy, Sport Ireland - pictured at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Republic of Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and his counterpart Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, have joined Sport Ireland in welcoming the outcome of today’s Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) and Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) vote to establish one governing body for the sport of golf in Ireland.

The new organisation, Golf Ireland, will oversee the administration, development and promotion of golf at an all-island level.

Minister Ross said: “I welcome the ratification of the GUI and ILGU’s proposal to form a single Governing Body for golf on the island of Ireland. The formation of a single body with responsibility for both men’s and women’s golf is an important and positive step for Irish golf and means that Ireland is now in keeping with international practice. I wish the GUI and the ILGU every success in their work ahead as they begin the transition to Golf Ireland.”

Minister Griffin added: “I am delighted to note the outcome of today’s vote on the proposal for the formation of Golf Ireland. This is a very welcome development for golf in Ireland, with one governing body to promote and lead golf for all Irish golfers into the future. I commend the GUI and the ILGU in bringing forward the proposal and I wish them well as they work towards the establishment of Golf Ireland.”

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, commented: “Sport Ireland welcomes the decision of the ILGU and GUI membership to create a new governing body for the sport of golf here in Ireland. The establishment of Golf Ireland will have a positive impact on the development and promotion of the sport on the island of Ireland. The unified strategy of the new dynamic organisation will improve the supports available to Golf Ireland members and clubs, increase efficiency and assist the promotion of golf as a healthy, open and inclusive sport for all ages. On behalf of Sport Ireland I would like to congratulate both the ILGU and GUI on the hard work put in getting to this point and we look forward to working with Golf Ireland into the future.”