Royal Portrush Golf Course, County Antrim

Sport is a big part of Northern Ireland's culture. With so many homegrown legends from golfing greats and International boxing stars to racing 'kings of the road', it's fast becoming the key destination for many international sporting events.

Annual Events

North West 200

Location: Causeway Coast, County Antrim
Date: May

For thrill-seeking fans and new recruits alike, The International North West 200 attracts the finest line-up of road racers to the superfast circuit across the Causeway Coast.

Belfast City Marathon

Location: Belfast City
: May

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland with more than 17,000 runners hitting the streets of Belfast each year.

Guinness PRO14

Location: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
Date: September - May

The roar of the crowd… excitement and anticipation, the end to end thrills and the unexpected bounce of the ball. Rugby Union comes to Belfast in the form of Guinness PRO14, one of the three major professional leagues in Europe. Ulster Rugby compete against the best teams from Ireland, Italy, Wales, Scotland and South Africa in hope of winning the Guinness PRO14 Trophy and qualifying for the Heineken Champions Cup. Stand Up for the Ulster Men!

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

Location: Various
Date: May - July

An inter-county competition for gaelic football teams in the province of Ulster. It is one of the four provincial competitions of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Every summer, towns and cities like Omagh, Enniskillen, Newry and Armagh heave with the arrival of large numbers of supporters and the colour, noise and excitement that they bring. The winners receive the Anglo-Celt Cup and progess to the All-Ireland Super 8s.

Super Cup

Location: Coleraine, County Londonderry
Date: July

A popular annual favourite and a completely different kind of sport, is the Super Cup Northern Ireland which attracts youth teams from round the world along with talented, young, local players as well as our very own home-grown sporting talent.

Ulster Grand Prix

Location: Lisburn, County Down
Date: August

Another exciting returning highlight in Northern Ireland's road racing calendar is the Ulster Grand Prix,holding the record as the fastest road race in the world and attracting many of the top names in road racing.

ISPS Handa World Invitational Men / Women, Presented by Modest! Golf Management

Location: Galgorm Castle, County Antrim
Date: August

The former Northern Ireland Open is one of the best supported events on the European Challenge Tour’s international schedule, both with record attendances and depth of field. Having embraced the European Tour’s vision of introducing fresh new ideas and innovation to professional golf, it has been transformed into a new global event for men and women professionals and is sure to be one of world golf's most exciting events.

Ulster Rally

Location: County Antrim
Dates: August 

The Ulster Rally - Each year the this event brings many rally fans from all over the world to watch the rally drivers in action as they challenge themselves on Northern Ireland's speedy roads. The event stages features some old favourites as well as some new stages that challenge the best of drivers.

Lap the Lough

Location: Lough Neagh
Date: August

Lap the Lough is a unique opportunity to cycle around the largest lake in the Ireland and the UK in a single day. A yearly event not to be missed, you’ll get right off the typical tourist trail and explore some of Northern Ireland’s unique countryside, landscapes and attractions.

Waterside Half Marathon


Location: Derry~Londonderry
Dates: September

The Waterside Half Marathon returns annually to the historic city. The route will take the runners across many wonderful parts of the city, from Ebrington square across the river to the cityside finishing at St. Columb's Park.


Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive

Location: Causeway Coast, County Antrim
Date: September

The Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive is an annual unique road cycling event based on the iconic North Coast of Ireland that offer an unforgettable cycling experience through some of the most breath-taking landscapes in Ireland.

This popular, non-competitive event takes place along the stunning North Coast and through the magical Glens of Antrim and attracts over 1000 participants.