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In pictures: Tourism NI’s ‘Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ arrives into Armagh

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

‘The Epic Journey to the 148th Open 2019’, hosted by Tourism Northern Ireland, visited Shambles Yard in Armagh on Thursday to celebrate the buzz and civic pride in welcoming the return of the Championship to Northern Ireland for the first time in almost 70 years this July.

The Armagh community including schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars, such as local sporting legend Caroline O’Hanlon, GAA star Rebecca O’Reilly and Ireland Hockey player Eugene Magee, joined the excitement and celebration.

Many snapped pictures and videos of Tourism NI’s giant #TheOpen letter sculpture made from 4,000 golf balls, as well as Rory McIlroy’s replica Claret Jug from his Open win in 2014 at Royal Liverpool.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured with Susie Brown, Tourism NI are pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured are pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July. Pictured are pupils from Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured with Tourism NI’s Susie Brown are Sports Personalities Ryan Walker, Caroline O’Hanlon and

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured with Tourism NI’s Susie Brown are Sports Personalities Ryan Walker, Caroline O’Hanlon and

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured are pupils from Armagh Christian Brothers’ Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured is Susie Brown, Tourism NI and Jill McEneaney, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured is Gerry McCreesh, Co Armagh Golf Club President and Susie Brown, Tourism NI.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured are Susie Brown, Tourism NI and Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Paul Duffy.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured are pupils from Armagh Christian Brothers’ Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured are pupils from Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured are pupils from Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

Pictured are members of the public taking ‘selfies’

The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July. Pictured are pupils from St Patrick's Primary School.

Pictured are pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School.

‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’ The Epic Journey to The 148th Open Swings into Armagh – Local Armagh schools, golf clubs, tourism industry representatives and sports stars joined together at The Shambles Yard to celebrate Tourism NI’s community engagement campaign ‘The Epic Journey to The 148th Open’. The community event is visiting every county in NI to mark the excitement and civic pride surrounding The Open Championship’s return to Royal Portrush this July.

It is truly an epic year for Northern Ireland tourism as The 148th Open at Royal Portrush will be beamed live to over 600 million households across the world. It is set to attract more than 215,000 eager spectators, with a team of 6,000 staff and 350 volunteers warmly welcoming visitors. Unprecedented demand from fans wanting to attend The Open has led to record-breaking ticket sales and the Championship will be a sell-out on Championship Days for the first time.

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