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Shane Lowry's Open triumph voted sporting moment of the year with Katie Taylor Ireland's most admired athlete

Shane Lowry’s victory at the Open Championship in Portrush has been rated as Ireland’s greatest sporting moment of 2019, according to the annual Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index.

The popular Offaly golfer's Major win last summer beat out Katie Taylor becoming a two-weight world champion to take top spot. Roisin Upton's penalty to send the Irish women's hockey team to the Olympics came third, while Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford side winning the Leinster title finished fourth.

The top five is rounded out by Seamus Callanan's goal for Tipperary against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.

However, Katie Taylor got her revenge on Lowry after being acknowledged as Ireland’s most admired sports star, according to the survey, with the golfer in second. Third was Johnny Sexton, while the O'Donovan brothers, Peter O'Mahony and Rory Best finished tied fourth.

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Dublin’s All-Ireland SFC five-in-a-row winners and Ireland’s women’s hockey side share team of the year honours. Third was the Ireland U-20 rugby team, who won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2019, fourth was the Irish rowing team and the Tipperary hurlers finished fifth.

The Tokyo Olympics is installed as the event Irish people are looking forward to most in 2020. Euro 2020 is the second-most anticipated, following by the Six Nations, the All-Ireland hurling championship and the All-Ireland football championship.

According to the survey, GAA is Ireland's favourite sport, followed by soccer, rugby, swimming and golf.

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