The 2014 Irish Open will return to Cork for the first time in 12 years after confirmation that the Fota Island Resort will become an official sponsor as well as host venue of the Championship.

The Irish Open was last played in Cork in 2002 when Denmark’s Søren Hansen took the title at Fota Island. 

The resort also hosted the Championship in 2001, when Colin Montgomerie won the last of his three Irish Opens.

The Fota Island Resort was recently purchased by Chinese investors The Kang Group Worldwide.

Rory McIlroy has revealed his delight at the challenge of Fota Island’s Deerpark Course from 19-22 June.

“I think it is great news that the Irish Open will be played at Fota Island,” said McIlroy who ended his 2013 season with victory in the Emirates Australian Open last month.

“The country’s National Open should be moved around to give everyone an opportunity to see the event, and it also gives us the chance to show the world just how many amazing courses there are in Ireland.

“Fota Island will be an exciting venue for the Irish Open, and exactly the kind of place to showcase what Ireland has to offer as a golf destination.”