Wednesday, 07 August 2019: Love Island winner Greg O’Shea landed at Shannon Airport today and declared “it’s great to be home”.
The Corbally, Limerick native, who ten days ago won the ITV reality TV show with Newcastle’s Amber Gill, arrived back to a rapturous welcome from family, friends and his huge legion of new found fans. And on touching down, O’Shea said that he was looking forward to getting back to Limerick to meet with family and friends.
“I’ve landed here at Shannon many times but it was hard to believe today how much has happened since I left. I’m really delighted to be home. It really has been a whirlwind of a few weeks.”
“Three weeks ago, I was just finished the Rugby Europe Olympic Qualifier in France, a few days later I walked onto Love Island met Amber Gill and ten days later again we walked away as winners.”
O’Shea said that he was very much taken aback by the waiting crowds. “It’s hard to believe and you dream of moments like that at Shannon, but I certainly never thought today would happen.
“It’s been a manic ten days. It’s going to be great to get back home for a few days. I’ve missed Limerick, missed being around family and friends so I can’t wait to spend a bit of time with them. I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed,” he laughed.
Welcoming the Love Island star off the flight, Acting CEO of Shannon Group, which operates Shannon Airport, Mary Considine said: “We’ve had many, many international stars of stage, screen and sport come in through Shannon over the decades and now Greg, already a well-respected rugby player, will be among them.
“He represents Ireland at international level in rugby and has now put Limerick and Ireland on the map by winning Love Island, this hugely popular reality TV show.
“Both he and his family, coming from Limerick, are no strangers to Shannon and we were delighted to have them flying through the airport during the Love Island series and particularly today to welcome him home.”