Watch: Newly crowned Open champion Shane Lowry and caddy belt out the Fields of Athenry
CLARET Jug in hand, the newly crowned Open champion Shane Lowry yesterday continued his celebrations with family, friends and well-wishers in Dublin.
With a broad smile and to the delight of local revellers, the Co Offaly man brought the famous trophy to a city centre pub, which is famed for hosting historic Irish sports celebrations.
Crowds of people queued to have their photos taken with the Claret Jug as its new owner enjoyed a few pints at Dublin's Boar's Head pub after winning golf's oldest Major by six shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood.
And as tributes flow in from across the golf and sporting worlds, including 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus, the pints were still flowing last night.
Since winning the coveted title at Royal Portrush on Sunday, the father-of-one has been to keen to mark his first Major title.
Just hours after he walked up the fairways of the 18th to thousands of screaming golf fans, he travelled to Dublin to celebrate with friends and family.
Video footage shared online showed Lowry (32) belting out the Fields of Athenry, as he clutched the coveted trophy.
His caddie Brian Martin, who hails from Ardglass can be seen among the crowds, with a pint of Guinness in his hand as they partied at Dublin's 37 Dawson Street .
Lowry has cancelled plans to play in this week’s WGC-St Jude Invitational in Memphis, US, so he can stay at home to celebrate his victory
And yesterday the celebrations continued in earnest.
The golfer - the fourth Irish player to win the tournament in 12 years after Pádraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlory - yesterday descended on the Boar's Head.
The bar is used to hosting historic Irish sports celebrations and famous for its dedication to the GAA, the place where All Ireland winning teams bring the Sam Maguire every year.
It is understood Lowry, who hails from a GAA footballing family, his father Brendan and uncles Sean and Mick won All-Ireland medals with Offaly in 1982, had always vowed to bring the trophy to the pub if he clinched the title.
And it appears he kept his promise.
Crowds queued to have their pictures taken with the golfer and the Claret Jug, which Lowry said would now take pride of place on his kitchen table, and there were regular chants of "There's only one Shane Lowry" throughout the day.
Pub co-owner Hugh Hourican told PA that Lowry was different class.
"What an ambassador for Ireland, a great fella, it's great for him and Wendy and his family," he said.
"Shane always promised when he won his first major he'd bring it back to the Boar's Head and he kept his promise, everybody loves him, he's a great fella."
Meanwhile, one of golf's greatest players, Jack Nicklaus, tweeted his congratulations as gaeilge.
.@ShaneLowryGolf played good, smart golf, and under very difficult conditions, to win @TheOpen & become “Champion Golfer of the Year!” Very impressive! Well done, Shane! As said on the Emerald Isle, “Comhghairdeas mo chara, maith an fear!” Translated: Congratulations, my friend!— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) July 21, 2019