Sunday 23 July 2017

'Family comes first' - Shane Lowry reveals he skipped Rory McIlroy's wedding for his granny's 80th birthday

Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards 2016. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy at the Irish Youth Foundation Excellence in Sports Awards 2016. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry
Shane and Wendy Lowry at the Excellence in Sports awards. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy Photo: PA News
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Shane Lowry has revealed that he didn't attend Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's wedding last weekend because he was celebrating his grandmother's 80th birthday.

Speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One, the Irish golfer said that he skipped the high-profile wedding in Ashford Castle, Co Mayo, because "family comes first."

"I wasn't [at the wedding], no. My granny was 80 on Saturday night so we had a birthday party for her at home. Like I said, family comes first," he said.

Lowry, who recently welcomed his first child with wife Wendy Horner, insisted that he really did attend his granny's birthday and wasn't using it a ruse to avoid questions on the strictly private wedding celebrations..

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry

"Genuinely I was at my granny's 80th. It was at Esker Hills Golf Club on Saturday night, so we were there. We had a great night.

"She's still flying at 80 years of age, which is great. She has 13 kids and almost every one of them were there."

Even Lowry, who has long been friends with McIlroy, said he hasn't yet "heard anything about wedding", with McIlroy hiring anti-drone technology to ensure the event was kept private.

Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy Photo: PA News
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy Photo: PA News

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