Bready Steady Golf!

Golfers across the UK can win a 3-night break at the Irish Open at Royal Portrush thanks to a bread good promotion from Tourism Ireland.

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Northern Ireland celebrity TV chef Paul Rankin to offer four pairs of tickets to the tournament in a competition promoted in packs of Rankin Selection soda breads at selected Waitrose supermarkets nationwide.

Irish Major winners Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell are all playing at Royal Portrush, Co. Antrim, from June 28 to July 1, and USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley has confirmed he will make his European Tour debut at the event.

Northern Ireland's famous golf links at Portrush

Portrush Golf Links - home to the Irish Open in 2012

As well as tickets to the event, the Irish Open Breaks prizes include three nights accommodation, car hire and return flights where applicable – and entering the competition couldn’t be easier.

For the chance to win, simply purchase a promotional pack of Rankin Selection breads and enter your details and unique batch code on Tourism Ireland’s website at . All entries must be registered by June 3.

David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s head of business and sports tourism, said: “The eyes of the golfing world will be on Ireland this summer and we wanted to do something special to help mark the event.

“Ireland is famous for its golf and its traditional foods, and teaming up with Paul in this competition seemed the ideal way to link the two.”

One of the UK’s most popular culinary figures, Rankin was the first chef in Northern Ireland to win a Michelin Star, whilst Cayenne, his Belfast restaurant, is rated among the best in the UK.

A regular on TV shows Ready Steady Cook and Ten Mile Menu and author of best-selling cookery books, he is also a passionate supporter of local produce.

He launched The Rankin Selection – a range of traditional foods – in supermarkets throughout the UK in 2002.

Rankin, 52, added: “It’s fantastic to see the work that’s being done to promote Ireland to an international audience, and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to help out.

“In Ireland, we are very passionate about golf, while food is obviously a subject that is close to my heart, and the two go hand-in-hand for anyone visiting our wonderful country.”

The promotion is part of Tourism Ireland’s ‘Time to Play’ initiative to promote golf in Ireland to a wider audience.

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