An Evening with Rory will be one to remember. Taking to the stage at Dublin’s Convention Centre to host an evening on behalf of his Foundation, Rory McIlroy fondly recalled his memories of hitting golf balls into a washing machine at three years of age. In front of an audience including One Direction singer Niall Horan, Rory was quizzed by award-winning Actor and star of Sky’s Lucky Man, James Nesbitt on how life has changed since then.
I never thought when I was a young boy, I’d be where I am today. So much of it is down to my parents and their support – and a lot of hard work, of course. Any time I got the chance, I was out playing golf. I’m lucky that I’m now in a position to be in to be able to give back and, more importantly, give support to children and young people. That’s why I set up the Rory Foundation in 2013. It’s about helping children live better lives and I’ve already seen the results with Daisy Lodge in Newcastle and the new Mencap Centre, just outside Belfast. The Foundation is relatively young but there is still so much more we want to achieve.said McIlroy.
Sir Alex Ferguson was also present at the Convention Centre yesterday evening. He spoke about his long managerial role with football club, Manchester United and why he always looked for potential in the younger players.
“As a manager I always believed in giving young people a chance and was constantly amazed at how much they can surprise you when given an opportunity in life. I took great pride in seeing these youngsters develop as both footballers, and as people. Rory has achieved so much already in his career that it is easy to forget that he is still a young man, it was a pleasure to help him in his work with his Foundation,” said Ferguson.
Throughout the evening, McIlroy and Ferguson reminisced about their successful careers to date. Asked about his chances of winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week, McIlroy said;
“I’ve haven’t enjoyed much success at the Irish Open in recent years but I hope I can really compete and give it a real go this year. It’s the second year my Foundation is hosting the event and I’m really looking forward to playing at The K Club.”
The Rory Foundation was established in 2013 to help children live better lives, to raise funds and offer support to children’s charities with a special meaning and purpose for Rory. Beneficiaries of the Rory Foundation so far include the Cancer Fund for Children, Mencap NI and Sport Changes Life, all based in Northern Ireland.
The Rory Foundation will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the second year running from the 19th to the 22nd of May at The K Club and a percentage of tickets sold throughout the tournament will go directly to the Rory Foundation. Local charities in the Kildare/Dublin region will benefit from the proceeds. Those charities are Barretstown, Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.