'He never forgets his granny' - Offaly County Council congratulates Shane Lowry

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'He never forgets his granny' - Offaly County Council congratulates Shane Lowry

Offaly County Council has paid glowing tribute to Clara golfer Shane Lowry following his historic win in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at the weekend. 

Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Danny Owens formerly recognised the achievement of Lowry at the January meeting of the council on Monday,  January 21. 

He said: "We are considering doing something to acknowledge the achievement at council level despite Shane already receiving the highest possible honour following his 2009 Irish Open win."

He said plans would be considered in the coming weeks but described Lowry as "a wonderful ambassador to have" on the international stage, a sentiment shared by his fellow councillors. 

Fellow Clara man, Cllr Dervill Dolan, said: "Shane always speaks highly of Offaly when he leaves and goes abroad, and he never forgets his granny no matter where in the world he goes."

Cllr Dolan agreed with calls for formal recognition for Shane who he said, "never forgets his roots, not least lately when he supported the Uncle Buck fundraiser in Clara GAA."

"Shane had a big part to play in the turnout and just how well that event was supported and that is appreciated locally."

Cllrs Declan Harvey and John Clendennen also joined in congratulating Shane on his victory while Chief Executive of Offaly County Council, Anna Marie Delaney, described him as a "great ambassador" and "a great person to have representing us around the world."

The council are bow considering what formal recognition could take place in the coming weeks.