It was the sweetest of homecomings for golfer Shane Lowry. Looking tired but still elated on his win at the Portugal Masters, he jetted in from Faro to Dublin and said the party hadn't stopped.
"I couldn't be better. It was fantastic. It was different from anything else I have ever experienced."
"I just feel great for everyone who has worked with me over the last couple of years and for myself because it has taken a while for this to happen. "It makes all the hard days worth it."
The 25-year-old from Clara, Co Offaly, sealed his professional status with an assured win at the Portugal Masters on Sunday.
In so doing, he became only the second player ever to win both as an amateur and a professional on the European Tour.
Last night at the airport he was surrounded by well wishers and fans looking for his authograph.
His proud parents, Brendan and Bridgie flew home with him and celebrations are due to continue in their home town of Clara.
Shane once again wore the black and white club colours of Clara which brought him such luck on Sunday.