AP McCoy, James McClean and a host of other Irish sports stars have taken to Twitter to celebrate Shane Lowry’s historic Open victory in Portrush.
The Offaly man lifted the Claret Jug and celebrated his first Major win after a superb display on the last day of the action in Antrim.
Lowry expertly held off the challenge of Tommy Fleetwood to win by a six-shot margin to finish on 15 under.
Irish sporting fans have been eagerly following the progress of the popular Offaly man all weekend and fellow stars were among the first to send their congratulations to Lowry.
Former champion jockey AP McCoy was quick to praise his fellow history maker.
— AP McCoy (@AP_McCoy) July 21, 2019
Meanwhile, Ryder Cup captain Pádraig Harrington couldn’t find the right words to sum up his delight at the Irishman’s win at The Open.
— Padraig Harrington (@padraig_h) July 21, 2019
Former Ireland rugby captain, Brian O’Driscoll, also sent his congratulations to his fellow Leinster native.
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) July 21, 2019
Another rugby star, Ronan O’Gara, was hit by the emotion of the occasion as he told the Major winner to enjoy the well-deserved celebrations.
Wow. This is emotional. Good boy Lowry.Composed and ruthless..🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪.Enjoy sinking a few dozen.
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) July 21, 2019
Republic of Ireland footballers Shane Duffy and James McClean were also on hand to offer their congratulations, telling him that he has “done our country proud once again.”
— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) July 21, 2019
— James McClean (@JamesMcC_14) July 21, 2019
And not to be left out, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, who travelled to Portrush for the final day of action, also tweeted his congratulatory message to the “unflappable” Lowry.
Congratulations to the amazing and unflappable @ShaneLowryGolf ! The crowd here in #Portrush have been immense- you’ve made the island of Ireland so proud! #theopen2019 #IrelandsFinest pic.twitter.com/mJY9ziarlW
— Shane Ross (@Shane_RossTD) July 21, 2019
President Michael D. Higgins also released a statement saying that Lowry had “brought pride and joy not only to sports fans around Ireland but to the Irish everywhere”.
“May I congratulate Shane Lowry on his outstanding success in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush today. This victory was not only a great personal achievement but an historic win.
“His triumph today, on a magnificent course and buoyed by a vociferous crowd, means he has joined Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy as the fifth Irish winner of the Open.
“His success today will have brought pride and joy not only to sports fans around Ireland but to the Irish everywhere, and as President of Ireland I want to congratulate Shane on his achievement and on being such a positive role model both on the course and off.”