Eugene O'Brien: 'Shane Lowry made all of Offaly proud and showed us it's OK to have dreams'

His dad and uncles were lauded too but Shane played with a different kind of stick and ball, writes Eugene O'Brien

Shane Lowry by John White

Eugene O'Brien

I can say it loud and proud this week. I am from Offaly - or Contae Uibh Fhaili, which was named after the kingdom of Ui failghe and was formerly known as King's County after King Philip through a 1556 Act of Parliament of Ireland.