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Irish Love Island winner and partner return to UK after £50,000 win

Love Island winners Greg O'Shea, from Limerick and Amber Gill, from Newcastle, arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Marie Louise McConville

THE Irish winner of Love Island 2019 arrived back in London yesterday along with his new girlfriend.

Greg O'Shea, who is from Limerick, touched down at Standsted Airport with the rest of the reality show's finalists.

The 24-year-old Limerick man scooped the £50,000 prize money on Monday night's final and opted to share it with his partner, Amber Gill, a 21-year-old beauty therapist from Newcastle.

Despite having only known each other for 12 days, the couple won the public's approval, particularly, Greg, who was credited with putting a smile back on Amber's face after she was coldly dumped by fellow contestant, Michael Griffiths.

Since leaving the villa, the pair have reportedly confirmed they are now an official couple.

The couple were yesterday greeted by a crowd of around 120 family members and friends as well as press as they arrived at Stansted Airport.

Amber and Greg were joined by their fellow finalists Maura Higgins, a model and ring girl from Co Longford, Curtis Pritchard, Molly-Mae Hague, Tommy Fury, India Reynold and Ovie Soko, who all appeared in good spirits.

Amber's family huddled with fellow champion Greg's childhood friends, who waved an Irish flag and chanted the rugby player's name.

Runner-up Molly-Mae's family wore t-shirts emblazoned with the her face and the words `Team Molly-Mae'.

Meanwhile, Ovie's family opted for bucket hats, cheering the basketball player's catchphrase, "message", which he became known for shouting whenever the islanders received a text during their time in the villa.

Before the Love Island stars arrived, Greg's cousin Kelvin Brown said that he is not surprised that Greg won the series, and has given Amber his seal of approval.

Speaking to the Press Association, he said: "I wouldn't say I was shocked, because actually I backed him the week before, he came across so well, that's it.

"He came across like he is outside the villa, he's a normal guy and a gent, that's how he he is."

Of Amber, he said: "You can see they were easily compatible, Amber's a great girl and Greg's just a chilled guy and he came in at the right time, obviously.

"She seems to be very easygoing and very easy to get on with, and you can see that when the parents came in, so I'm looking forward to seeing her in Limerick."

ITV said more than 3.6 million people tuned in to watch Greg and Amber named the surprise winners of Love Island on Monday night.

A further 400,000 fans streamed the episode on non-TV devices such as phones and tablets.

The climax of the ITV2 dating series was watched by 3.63 million, up slightly from the 3.56 million who tuned into last year' finals.

Monday night's final was the most watched Love Island final ever and the most watched episode of the series.

They are the first winning pair who have not been together for the majority of the series.

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