It has been confirmed that Lahinch Golf Club will host the 2019 Irish  Open.

The announcement was made on Wednesday that the tournament would be heading to west Clare next year. This year's Irish Open is on in Ballyliffin in County Donegal between 5 and 8 July.

The Irish Open fell on hard times, but was revived thanks in large part to the presence of Rory McIlroy as host.

In 2019 former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley will host the event, with the role being shared amongst him, McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell.

McGinley was a vocal supporter of Lahinch Golf Club, which is acknowledged as one of the best links courses in the country, and it's believed this played a large part in the decision to award it the tournament.

John Rahm with the 2017 Irish Open trophy

Mayor of Clare Councillor Tom McNamara welcomed the news, describing the Irish Open as a 'prestige event' for sport in Ireland.

"The hosting of the Irish Open in Lahinch will deliver a significant boost to the local economy and will showcase County Clare to an international audience," he said.

This is the first time in the tournament's 91-year history that it will have visited Clare. As a Rolex Series event the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will feature a minimum prize fund of €6m.