Shane Lowry Returns Claret Jug To Hometown In Huge Celebrations

The Irishman took the 'Clara Jug' back to his hometown of Clara in County Offaly

Shane Lowry Returns Claret Jug To Hometown In Huge Celebrations

The Irishman took the 'Clara Jug' back to his hometown of Clara in County Offaly

Shane Lowry Returns Claret Jug To Hometown In Huge Celebrations

Shane Lowry won the Open Championship at Royal Portrush on Sunday and has been having the time of his life ever since.

After tapping in the winning putt for a six shot victory he was congratulated by friends and family, received the Claret Jug, fulfilled his media obligations and then headed south to Dublin to party.

We've seen videos of the party and it looked like he enjoyed himself...Claret Jug in one hand, beer in the other!

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On Monday came the homecoming, where Lowry returned to his hometown of Clara in County Offaly.

The Irishman was greeted by 10,000 fans who turned up to see their local hero and the Claret Jug.

The jug has been renamed the 'Clara Jug' by locals.

Lowry's home course of Esker Hills wasn't large enough for the crowds so the homecoming had to take place at the Gaelic football ground.

He was led from his family home to the ground via a marching band, where he was greeted by the 10,000 fans - in a town with a population of just over 3,000!

"I don't really know what to say," he told RTE as he looked close to tears.

"I never thought I could do anything like this you know, it's just incredible.

"It's a dream come true."

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His now-famous Granny was also there on stage with him after she revealed she turned to brandy for the first time in a decade after his win.

"I hadn't slept last night. I hadn't drank a brandy since 2009 and I drank two yesterday—it's nearly killing me," she said in an interview.

Lowry and his grandmother on stage at his homecoming. (Photo By Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Lowry has pulled out of this week's WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis and will instead likely celebrate more before attempting to return to normal life.

It is estimated that he'll earn an extra £10m over the next five years from appearance fees, new contracts and sponsorships.

Watch - Lowry: 'The Open tops winning the Irish Open as an amateur'

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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