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Clara brought to a standstill as thousands welcome Shane Lowry home



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Update 8.55pm: Shane Lowry said, "The feeling of winning has opened up," while he was welcomed into the county official.

The opening champion told the resounding congregation that had assembled in his home town of Clara, that it was an "incredible" experience to see his family standing at the 18 hole.

Thousands of people packed up the small town for his home to celebrate the main hero's triumph of the local Hello at the Open.

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Pretty Lanny with his grandmother Emily Scanlon and uncle Tammy during the homecoming event (Donall Farmer / PA)
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Pretty Lanny with his grandmother Emily Scanlon and uncle Tammy during the homecoming event (Donall Farmer / PA)

Laura was surrounded by his family, including his wife Wendy and grandmother Emma Scanlon, when he arrived by bus that held the Claret jug.

The city was decorated in the black and white clara Gaelic football colors with bunting and flags hanging from the lantern.

Posters from Laura's triumph of royal portraits are proudly displayed in every home, shop, cafe and pub.

The city was standstill because barriers prevented traffic from passing through allowing local fans to welcome their hero home.

Lauren hugged his 82-year-old grandmother before slowly making their way to the stage behind Clara Town's band.

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Supporters during the homecoming event in Clara GAA (Donall Farmer / PA)
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Supporters during the homecoming event in Clara GAA (Donall Farmer / PA)

All over Ireland and all over Ireland have gathered in "The Green" in the blazing sunlight to watch the 32-year-old golf star.

He said to the public: "There was an emotional day – walking up to the 18 and seeing my family and seeing how happy people are, there is an incredible day.

"I have had many articles, I have not had time to go through my telephone.

"To see this evening is incredible and hopefully next year there are a lot of kids here. Hopefully I will encourage them to play this game."

He paid with his parents Brendan and bridged: "I wasn't here with them. They offered me a lot for me to be here.

"To give them the 18 green Claret jug on Sunday, I never thought I'd do it.

"I've played in many great events and games, winning a pair of people, but winning those patches in Patrics wasn't true.

"It didn't really matter.

"There were many ups and downs during these years and I passed a fairly common patch with 12 months ago.

I've been to my house in Dublin some time and I cried out to sleep, you don't know if you're good enough, you don't know if you can continue and when you have a good strong woman behind her, Makes it a little easier.

“I'm a lot to you (Wendy). It will remember eternal memories. ”

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Beautiful Lady with the Claret Jug (Donall Farmer / PA)
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Beautiful Lady with the Claret Jug (Donall Farmer / PA)

His caddy Brian "Bo" Martin joined him on stage and revealed that he was not nervous and remained calm.

"We knew what was happening, so I just have to do my job, and that's all we have to do," he told the congregation.

Before she sang the little town of Clara, Emmy wrapped her arm around beautifully and said he means "everything to me".

"If that means building our small town, that's what I love to see," she added.

His uncle, Ron Loury, said to PA: “We were on another planet when he got home.

"I never thought he would be there, but I knew he was good enough and you could dare to dream."

– Press Association

Previously: Shane Lowry said he was overwhelmed by the number of people turning out for his home-evening.

Thousands of people descended on Clara co-ordinarily for a special reception for the Open Champion.

On Sunday, Laura was only the fifth Irish golfer in 148 years to win the championship, after a six-time victory in the Royal Portraits.

Nidrig has never dreamed of happening in his home town in the green.

"I never thought I'd be … I didn't know if I was good enough to win something like this," said the Open Champion.

"I never thought I would be like that in Clara.

"The only thing I've seen before is when they win a county championship and come up and march through the city.

"I'm pretty surprised. I can't believe what's going on. It was a crazy few days."

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