IN PICTURES: 50 photos of N.I. people at The Open in Royal Portrush

The 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush has been described by some heavy weights in the world of golf as the greatest tournament ever.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 5:28 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd July 2019, 6:28 pm
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.

If the smiles on the faces of the people in these pictures are anything to go by then it's easy to see why there's talk the competition could return to Royal Portrush in 2024 but in the meantime, here are 42 photographs of golf fans from around Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and further afield enjoying themselves - (images courtesy of Pacemaker Press, Presseye and McAuley Multimedia).

People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush; included second from right is Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, M.P.
Alisson Campbell, the wife of Northern Ireland golfer and Open Championship winner (2011) Darren Clarke, pictured at Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
Some of the life entertainment during the Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
Country singer, Cliona Hagan and former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman, pictured on the set of a BBC programme recorded live at the Open, Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
Pictured, second and first from right, singer Cliona Hagan and former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Led Goodman, at the Open at Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open, Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
People at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.
There's a suggestion the competition could return to Royal Portrush in 2024.
Helicopter coming into land near Royal Portrush on Sunday.
Just one of the many helicopters used to ferry V.I.P.s to and from Royal Portrush.
Irish man and eventual winner of the 148th Open Championship, Shane Lowry, tees off the 14th hole on Sunday.
Shane Lowry would go on to win the Open despite the challenging N.I. weather.
The crowds go wild when Shane Lowry wins the Open.
Shane Lowry embraces his caddy, Brian 'Bo' Martin.
Shane Lowry's wife, Wendy Honner, with their daughter, Iris.
Shane Lowry finally gets his hand on the famous claret jug.
Delighted Irish man, Shane Lowry, hoists the famous claret jig into the air after winning the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush on Sunday.