Northern Ireland

Darren Clarke gets a helping hand at Dublin toll station

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Image caption Darren Clarke has his eyes on the Ryder Cup

World class golfers are not usually short of a euro or two but that was the case with Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke when he needed a helping hand at a toll station in the Republic of Ireland.

Clarke was at Royal Portrush on Tuesday showing off the Ryder Cup as part of a roadshow in his role as European captain.

He has earned millions of pounds since turning professional in 1990.

But on Monday, the County Tyrone golfer tweeted his "big thanks" to the gentleman who kindly paid his 1.90 euros (£1.52) at the northbound M1 toll station from Dublin.

Meanwhile, Clarke will be hoping to strike gold instead of silver when he captains Europe against the US at Hazeltine, Minnesota, from 30 September to 2 October.

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Image caption The tweets by Darren Clarke on Monday

The Ryder Cup Trophy he is targeting was also brought to Portrush Harbour and Dunluce Castle on Tuesday, as part of a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

It will be put on public display at Belfast's City Hall and The Dome at Victoria Square on Wednesday.

"I'm delighted to see The Ryder Cup Trophy here in Northern Ireland and I really hope everyone here gets behind the European team heading to Hazeltine," Clarke said.

"The Ryder Cup is one of sport's greatest trophies, and I encourage the people of Northern Ireland to make the most of the opportunity to see it in Belfast tomorrow."

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