JP McManus Pro Am – JP McManus pictured with Tiger Woods at the star studded event in 2022. Picture: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick
JP McManus Pro Am saw 80,000 people descend on Adare to see ten of the top eleven golfers in the world
The JP McManus Pro Am was a summer spectacular last year when the best in the worlds of golf, film and entertainment turned Adare into Hollywood, joined by thousands of fans to raise over €140m for charities across the Midwest.
The event, held in July 2022, saw 80,000 people descend on Adare to see ten of the top eleven golfers in the world take to the course at Adare Manor, alongside a host of celebrities for the invitational event. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were among the professional golfers with celebrities like Bill Murray, Niall Horan, Jamie Dornan and Westlife taking part in the tournament. More than 1,000 volunteers joined the celebrities and golfers on the course to make sure the event ran smoothly. The star-studded event provided a major economic boost to Adare and the Midwest.
The event raised a huge €141,746,757 in total with local charities, care centres and community aid projects already allocated over €48m of that money. The remaining money, a total of €93.7m, will be allocated to projects awaiting approval. Some of the local organisations that benefited from the funds include the new Children’s Grief Centre building, Irish Red Cross received two new vehicles, Croom Hospital got a new 24-bed unit, Cuan Mhuire addiction centre in Bruree got a major refurb, a new CT scanner was purchased for St John’s Hospital and a retrofit of Milford Hospice’s Ennis property.
Over €22m has been given to healthcare projects, €10m has gone to community programmes and over €14m was donated to infrastructure help.
The complete figure for the six pro-am events since 1990 is an incredible €281,746,757, with charities and communities in the Midwest the chief beneficiaries.
The first Invitational took place in 1990 in Limerick Golf Club and brought in close to €1.2m in fundraising, then almost €4m in 1995 and 19.8m in 2000, with Tiger Woods, the world’s number one player in attendance.
The fourth took place in Adare for the first time, with Woods again on board, and raised €31m and in 2010, over 40,000 spectators came to Adare over two days and raised over €43.7m.
The Covid pandemic delayed the return to Adare for a third time until last year when Woods returned again for what is rumoured to be the sixth and final ProAm.
JP McManus said, “The Pro-Am represents the best of Limerick, the best of the golfing world. The best of people. Over time, the funding should be of immense benefit to many charities and needy groups. We walked the fairways of Adare for two days but the imprint of the event should be felt for decades to come. The Pro-Am raises lots of money which is the main thing but it also unites people and shows us all what we can do when we work, not as individuals, but as a community.”
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Pictures: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick