1 November 2011

Northern Ireland Golfing Legends Unveiled

Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson are on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings before touring other venues throughout Northern Ireland and worldwide.

”This display of art in the public spaces of Parliament Buildings is another example of the work we have been doing to open up the building and encourage people to visit us. The exhibition will be on display until 4 November 2011 so visitors and particularly young people have a chance to see the paintings over Half Term" stated Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay, MLA.

Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.Darren Clarke has won 22 tournaments worldwide on a number of golf's main tours including the European Tour, the PGA Tour, the Sunshine Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. His most notable win came at Royal St George's where he won the 2011 Open Championship, his first major win after more than 20 years and 54 attempts.

Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.Rory McIlroy became a professional golfer in 2007 and soon established himself on the European Tour. He had his first win on the European Tour in 2009, on the PGA Tour in 2010 and represented Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup.

On 19 June 2011, he won the U.S. Open, his first major. He finished with a record score of 16-under-par on his way to an eight-shot victory, as the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. He has been cited as the most exciting young prospect in golf and having the potential to become one of the highest earners in sports in terms of endorsements. The victory lifted McIlroy's position in the Official World Golf Ranking to a career high of number four.

Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.McDowell has won seven events on the European Tour, including the 2010 U.S. Open which was also his first win on the PGA Tour. He has also represented Ireland at the World Cup and been a member of the European Ryder Cup team.

Before turning professional, McDowell had a successful amateur career both in Ireland and in the United States, where he won many tournaments and was recognised as the most outstanding collegiate golfer in 2002. He also represented Ireland internationally and was a member of the triumphant Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team in 2001.

Paintings of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, and 1947 Open Championship winner Fred Daly by Belfast born Mark Robinson on display in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.Fred Daly was best known for winning The Open Championship of 1947. He was the only Irishman from either side of the border to have won The Open until Pádraig Harrington won it in 2007 and the only Northern Irish major winner until Graeme McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open. He won the Open in 1947 while professional to the Balmoral Club in Belfast.

A series of exhibitions is being planned between now and next summer. More information on future exhibitions will be released shortly. More information about the current exhibition can be found here.