Holywood ending after four days of triumph
Published 21/06/2011 | 05:00
GOLFING superstar Rory McIlroy will enjoy a hero's return to the small town where his US Open dream began.
The youngest champion in the major tournament for 88 years is expected to be welcomed to Holywood, Co Down, with an open-top bus parade later this week.
Although details have not yet been finalised for the golfer's return home, his uncle, Colm McIlroy, is already preparing a huge celebration.
"There will be a lot of celebrating when Rory gets home -- it will be a big party," he said.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny led the tributes to McIlroy yesterday, describing his victory as "both emphatic and inspiring".
"I'm sure it will be the first of many major golfing achievements," he said.
Fellow Irish golfer Padraig Harrington said: "Rory has set himself apart now."
Northern Irish politicians were also eager to praise the Holywood man.
First Minister Peter Robinson said: "Over the past four days Rory played perhaps some of the best golf we have ever witnessed."
Martin McGuinness added that the character McIlroy had shown following his last-day collapse in the US Masters two months ago was a "tremendous example to us all".