June 25.2016

Nesbitt 2016

Northern Ireland face the biggest game in their footballing history this evening when they face Wales in the last 16 of the European Championships and, to mark the occasion, charismatic actor James Nesbitt has decked out an entire bar in Costa Smeralda (Sardinia) with flags and other memorabilia dedicated to his beloved nation.

Shortly after playing in the Costa Smeralda Invitational at nearby Pevero Golf Club, the Northern Irishman will take over the Il Pontile Bar in Sardinia, set of Roger Moore's famous 'The Spy Who Loved Me' James Bond film from 1977.

"Nice was nice, Lyon was legendary," reflected a jubilant Nesbitt, who earlier today spent time with Ryder Cup captain and Costa Smeralda Invitational host Darren Clarke. "Paris the first time was practice for tonight when King Michael O'Neill, Ulster's very own hero, leader of brave Ulster warriors, will slay those weak Welsh dragons...come on Ireland!"

Nesbitt will be encouraging other celebrities playing in the star-studded golf event to come and join him at the decorated bar, including fellow Northern Irishman Clarke, plus football legends Roberto Di Matteo, Alessandro Del Piero and Gianfranco Zola. One other possible attendee to the party is Ladies European Tour player, Amy Boulden from Wales.

In a meeting on the 10th hole at Pevero Golf Club, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke was quick to point out to Boulden that Northern Ireland striker Will Griggs is 'on fire', but the popular Welsh player reminded him that her home nation has a big asset that could take them to the very latter stages of the tournament.

"We've got Gareth Bale, so I really feel that gives us the advantage over Northern Ireland, but there's no doubt it's going to be a hard game – as Darren pointed out!" said Boulden, who was also competing in today's Costa Smeralda Invitational.

All of the celebrities taking part in the Costa Smeralda Invitational were treated to a clinic by Clarke earlier today, as well as a 'Beat the Pro' challenge with the Ryder Cup captain in a bid to raise money for the Road to Awareness campaign in aid of UNICEF. After Nesbitt's part this evening, the Costa Smeralda Invitational will conclude with a glitzy Gala Dinner with all proceeds again going to the charity.

Last year's Costa Smeralda Invitational – hosted by Justin Rose – raised over £100,000 for the children's charities Autism Rocks and Road to Awareness in aid of UNICEF. This year the Costa Smeralda Invitational is proud to support the Road to Awareness campaign in aid of UNICEF, with all money raised going towards UNICEF's vital water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.

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