2006 Ryder Cup legacy continues in former host Ireland

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Ryder Cup Europe were delighted to present a cheque for 43,933 euros to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in Dublin on Friday, February 16, 2007. Ryder Cup Europe selected RCSI and its Breast Cancer Research Programme as the suitable beneficiary for all the residual monies available through The Ryder Cup AIB Gift Card used at the biennial contest won by Europe at The K Club in September, 2006.

In presenting the cheque, Mr Tim Shaw, Sales Director of The European Tour and Ryder Cup Europe said: "The Ryder Cup was a fantastic success in Ireland, and we and our sponsors are delighted to be in a position to give something back to the Irish people and to such a worthwhile cause. We sincerely thank AIB for their terrific support in this initiative."

Mr Jim Kelly, Brand Communications Manager of AIB Group plc, Official Bank to The 2006 Ryder Cup, highlighted AIB's long association with the Royal College of Surgeons and remarked: "We are delighted to be associated with such a progressive and innovative Research Institute, that is clearly at the cutting edge of breast cancer discovery, diagnosis and treatment."

RCSI is the leading authority in breast cancer research in Ireland, and has been commended for its translational approach to cancer treatment, offering a "bench to bedside" solution. With approximately 1,800 new cases of breast cancer in Ireland each year, women living in Ireland have a one in ten chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Some 650 women in Ireland die from breast cancer each year.

RCSI is committed to reducing the number of deaths from this disease through a combination of early detection and improved treatment methods, which are central to the facilities translational approach to medicine.

Professor Arnold Hill, RCSI Professor of Surgery, gratefully acknowledged the support and generosity of Ryder Cup Europe and the sponsors. He said: "This gift, together with recent funds raised, will help turn new scientific discoveries at RCSI into effective treatments, delivered more quickly and efficiently throughout the entire island of Ireland."