Stars join Celebrity Cup in aid of Marie Keating Foundation

03 April 2017

Superstar singer Ronan Keating, television presenter Ben Shephard and rugby legends Mike Tindall and Jonathan Davies are the latest star names to sign up for this summer’s Celebrity Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Ronan (pictured above), who shot to fame with Boyzone before a hugely successful solo career, will make a welcome return to the Irish team for the event on July 1-2 after competing in previous Celebrity Cup tournaments in 2014 and 2015.

The tournament’s glittering Gala Dinner will also raise funds for the Marie Keating Foundation, the charity which was set up in honour of Ronan’s mother to promote cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. Ronan said:

"I’m delighted to be competing once again for Ireland at the Celebrity Cup and I’m hoping I can help the team go one better than their runners-up finish last year. It’s a really fun event to play in and it’s a genuine privilege to tee up at a Ryder Cup venue in front of a great bunch of spectators. I hope we can entertain them on the golf course but, more importantly, I hope we can persuade them to dig deep for a fantastic charity during the weekend. The Marie Keating Foundation is now a leading voice in cancer awareness and information for both men and women. The charity’s mission is to make cancer less frightening by enlightening and the money we raise is vital to help us carry on educating people and raising the levels of awareness."

Ben Shephard (pictured below), the popular presenter of Good Morning Britain, Tipping Point, Goals on Sunday and Ninja Warrior, makes his third appearance in the event and joins fellow TV stars Peter Jones and Bradley Walsh in the England team.

Mike Tindall, who won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003, has played in all four previous Celebrity Cups and captained his nation to victory at Celtic Manor in 2014.

Making his second appearance for Wales, Jonathan Davies was one of the greatest players ever to play both rugby union and rugby league, and he is now a highly respected TV pundit for both codes.

Other names already announced for the star-studded event include comedian Rob Brydon and presenter Gethin Jones for Wales, boyband singers turned TV personalities, Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden for Ireland, and rugby brothers Thom and Max Evans for Scotland.

Thousands of golf fans and celebrity spotters will flock to Celtic Manor to watch the cup in July. As well as top-notch golfing action and on and off-course banter, there will be live music and food and bar outlets in the tented village.

Tickets for the tournament are now available on the Celtic Manor website. Visitors can also experience the VIP treatment in Hospitality or at Saturday evening’s glittering Gala Dinner. For information and tickets please visit the website.

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