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Ireland's 10 richest sportspeople have been revealed

Rory McIlroy is top of the pile
Rory McIlroy is top of the pile

The richest sports people in Ireland have been revealed and the game of golf dominates with three of the top four spots.

The annual Sunday Times richlist has produced a breakdown of the richest Irish sports people and it makes for interesting reading, especially if you have a youngster who likes golf.

It seems to be the game to play if you want to bring in the megabucks as three of the top four people on the 2015 list are golfers.

Top of the pile is Rory McIlroy. The Holywood man is said to have amassed a fortune of €52million, and with a lucrative Nike contract set to keep paying him big money for the next decade or so, that number is only going to go up, with or without more Major success.

Padraig Harrington is second, with the three-time Major winner only a million behind on €51m.

The third golfer to have a fine wedge to his name is Graeme McDowell. Yet another Major winner, McDowell has €34m to his name, earning him fourth spot on the list.

Breaking up the golf monopoly is Roy keane, who slips in at No 3 with a fortune of €40, no doubt boosted by slaes of his book last year.

Long time big earmers like Robbie Keane (€27m) and Damien Duff (€26) round out the list while man of the moment today, AP McCoy, is in eighth with €18million.

Here is the Top 10

• 1 Rory McIloy, Golf, €52m
• 2 Padraig Harrington, Golf, €51m
• 3 Roy Keane Football, €40m
• 4 Graeme McDowell, Golf, €34m
• 5 Robbie Keane, Football, €27m
• 6 Damien Duff, Football, €26m
• 7 Darren Clarke, Golf, €25m
• 8 AP McCoy, Horse racing, €18m
• 9 Martin O'Neill, Football, €18m
• 10 John O'Shea, Football, €16m