Taoiseach Enda Kenny leads tributes as Twitter pays respects to Christy O'Connor Junior
Sports fans and celebrities have taken to social media to pay their respects to Christy O'Connor Junior, who sadly passed away in Spain last night aged just 67.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny tweeted: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Ryder Cup hero Christy O'Connor Jnr. Deepest sympathies to his wife Ann, daughter Ann and son Nigel."
Singer Ronan Keating tweeted he was “deeply saddened by the news,” adding that O’Connor was “not just a great golfer but a Gentleman…Rest in Peace my friend. X”.
Former European tour player Craig Ronald remembered O’Connor by tweeting “who could forget his shot into the last at the Belfry. RIP.”.
Irish and Delivery Man actor Simon Delaney said that O’Connor was a “huge loss to Irish sport, a man who gave us great memories”.
Fine Gael senator and Irish Olympian Eamonn Coghlan said that he was “shocked and gutted by this sad news”, adding that O’Connor was “a true gent on and off the golf course”.
Very sad to hear of the passing of Ryder Cup hero Christy O'Connor Jnr. Deepest sympathies to his wife Ann, daughter Ann and son Nigel.— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) January 6, 2016
Deeply Saddened to hear of the passing of Christy O Connor Jnr. Not just a great golfer but a Gentleman Rest in Peace my friend. X— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) January 6, 2016
Very saddened to hear the news of Christy O'Connor Jnr's passing a true Gentleman and Legend of Irish Sport condolences to his Family RIP— BarryJGeraghty (@BarryJGeraghty) January 6, 2016
Terribly sad news about Christy O'Connor jnr. Only 67, far too low a score. White cap, two-iron, Ryder Cup hero. May he Rest In Peace.— Philip Quinn (@Quinner61) January 6, 2016
A sad day for Irish Golf as Christy O'Connor Jnr passes away. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. pic.twitter.com/z1UlgkS7Ha— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) January 6, 2016
Very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Christy O'Connor Jnr in Tenerife. A true legend. RIP pic.twitter.com/qPmgzoaUuB— GolfCentralDaily (@golfcentraldoc) January 6, 2016
One of golf's most iconic moments. RIP Christy O'Connor Jnr pic.twitter.com/r1cFumkQzX— Newstalk 106-108fm (@NewstalkFM) January 6, 2016
RIP Christy O'Connor. A true golfing legend. https://t.co/fDfZVGKmPr— Castleknock GolfClub (@Castleknockgolf) January 6, 2016