Royal Dublin will cease to be the last remaining male-only golf club in Ireland after members voted to accept new members from "all genders".

Royal Dublin GC said in a statement: ""All genders are equally valued within the membership without discrimination and enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all membership categories and the opportunity to apply for membership, when open , is available to all genders."

The Bull Island club, which was founded in 1885 and has staged six Irish Opens, never specifically forbid female membership by rule but the situation existed in practice.

However, the club has now adopted the Golf Ireland principles of gender equality as part of a reform of its constitution, following a similar move by Portmarnock Golf Club in May this year.

In 2009, the Supreme Court upheld the rights of Portmarnock to restrict membership to men but the practice remained controversial and neither club has hosted the Irish Open since 2003.

In a statement Golf Ireland welcomed the decision.

Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly said; "We welcome the news coming from Royal Dublin today, that confirms the club’s adoption of the Golf Ireland governance principles.

"The club’s commitment to gender equality stating 'all genders are equally valued within the membership’ is a very positive development. We look forward to seeing both men and women take the opportunity to apply for membership in the future."