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Former Laois footballer playing in Irish Open Pro-Am alongside Lee Westwood

The Irish Open golf tournament gets underway in Lahinch tomorrow – and the beautiful Clare seaside town will be packed for the next couple of days.

High profile golfers from around the world will battle it out with thousands set to attend over the four-day event.

Before the competition begins, however, is the the Pro-Am where celebrities and various well-known personalities play the course on the Wednesday with one of the competing golfers.

Paul O’Connell, Keith Wood, Niall Horan, JP McManus and Ruby Walsh are just some of the well-known figures involved.

Among them will be Michael Turley, who is originally from Portarlington, and as well as being a former Laois footballer, he’s also a former scratch golfer who has played in the likes of the prestigious East of Ireland and South of Ireland amateur championships.

Turley, who now plays off a 2 handicap, is playing with English golfer Lee Westwood – a former World Number 1 and veteran of 10 Ryder Cups –  and Dómhnal Slattery, who is CEO of the aviation company Avalon.

Turley played his club football with O’Dempsey’s and later Whitehall Colmcilles in Dublin.

Alongside his brother Leo he played in the 1991 Leinster final with Laois against Meath and had a couple of famous moments in the blue and white jersey – scoring a goal in the unforgettable win over Meath in 1992 and then scoring ‘the point that wasn’t’ in the infamous Laois-Carlow clash in 1995.

He owns his own property business in Dublin, Turley Property Advisors, and plays his golf in Elm Park.

His son Jake plays with Ballyboden-St Enda’s and was sub goal-keeper on the Dublin minor football team last year.

Indeed members of the extended Turley family have made an impact across the sporting sphere.

The late Noel Turley, a cousin of Michael’s, was one of just a handful of Laois men to have played rugby with Ireland.

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