The event will be held May 28-31 at Royal County Down, the famed links in Northern Ireland where McIlroy made his last appearance as an amateur, at the 2007 Walker Cup.
The Rory Foundation was set up at the start of 2013 to raise funds for children’s charities across the world. In his role as tournament host, McIlroy will not just tee it up in the event but also recruit other world-class players and develop the event’s commercial and sponsorship activities.
“Since making my debut in 2005, the Irish Open has always been a special tournament to me,” he said a release. “I am excited to be partnering with George O’Grady and the European Tour, especially for next year’s tournament at Royal County Down.”