IRISH AYES

Of late, Ireland’s economic fortunes have been mixed. Despite the downturn, a community in the south east of the country is pulling together with golf as a linchpin, as Mark Alexander finds out

In a quiet corner of south-east Ireland lies the sleepy fishing village of Dunmore. With its secluded beaches and busy harbour, this is a quintessential seaside town that attracts daytrippers and those seeking a refreshing sea breeze. It’s the end of April and the weather has been punishing which has put a dampener on the run-up to the tourist season. Despite that, the local pubs and restaurants are resonating to unmistakable sound of laughter, music and the ring of cash registers.

Golfers in their droves have descended on this charming little town from across the UK and Ireland to play in a week-long tournament at four attractive courses all within a 15-minute drive of Dunmore. More importantly, the players who have registered for The Dunmore East Golf Classic are here to enjoy themselves whatever the weather.

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