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Ireland's Adare Manor to host 2026 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup will return to Ireland in 2026, with Adare Manor in County Limerick hosting the contest between Europe and the United States for the first time. Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ireland will host the Ryder Cup for the second time when the competition comes to Adare Manor in 2026, the European Tour announced on Thursday.

Ireland last hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006, when Team Europe -- who were captained by Ian Woosnam -- trumped the U.S. 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 at the K Club near Dublin.

"Adare Manor is a world class venue, both in terms of the golf course and the wider resort facilities," European Ryder Cup director Guy Kinnings said in a statement.

"Months of careful negotiation behind the scenes have seen us arrive at this point and we could not be happier to be able to take golf's greatest team contest back to Ireland."

Adare Manor, in county Limerick, hosted the Irish Open in 2007 and 2008 before undergoing extensive renovations two years ago.

As of next year, three of the past four European Ryder Cup captains will have been Irish, either North or South, including Padraig Harrington, whose Team Europe will defend their title at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin next year. The other Irish Ryder cup captains include Darren Clarke in 2016 and Paul McGinley in 2014.

The announcement comes shortly after Ireland's Shane Lowry won The Open at Royal Portrush on Sunday, the first time that the event had been held in the country in 68 years.