Hundreds of people have turned out in Co Cavan this evening to welcome home Leona Maguire after her win at the Solheim Cup.
Celebrations took place at the Slieve Russell golf club, where the 26-year-old from Ballyconnell honed her skills as a golfer.
Leona Maguire was a wildcard pick in her first Solheim Cup, winning four-and-a-half points from five matches – a record for a rookie on either side.
Hundreds of people have turned out this evening to celebrate her success, with the streets decorated with flags and bunting.
Speaking this evening, Leona Maguire said winning the Solheim Cup with the European team was special, and she said she was glad to be back home to celebrate.
"It's been amazing. Dad’s been sending me pictures and videos. The amount of messages I’ve been getting over the last few days has been incredible. I’m a proud Cavan woman and it’s nice to come back here," she said.
Leona Maguire paid tribute to her parents, her sister Lisa and the people of Ballyconnell for all their support.
"I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s turned out. It’s great to see so many Cavan jerseys and tricolours and European flags," she told the crowd gathered.
She said she hopes her win will inspire the next generation to "dream big".
"Yes, it takes a lot of hard work but absolutely anybody can achieve it. I have, Ellen Keane has, Kelly Harrington has, the Meath footballers have, Katie Taylor has, Katie George has and Eve McCrystal has," she said.
Welcome home Leona! ?? pic.twitter.com/BYEjL9UhvA— Sinéad Hussey (@SineadHus) September 8, 2021
"I think it's been an incredible year for Irish sport."— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 8, 2021
Solheim Cup star Leona Maguire has made a triumphant return home to Cavan this evening. Family, friends and supporters have gathered at the Slieve Russell to help the 26-year-old from Ballyconnell celebrate her success pic.twitter.com/OhQ1STqIdw