Wednesday 20 March 2019

Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll to spend New Year's Eve in Ashford Castle

Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll
Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Rory McIlroy and new fiancee Erica Stoll are believed to be spending New Year's Eve at the five-star Ashford Castle in Mayo.

The top golfer was spotted on a luxury break with his new fiancee Erica Stoll.

Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle

The pair got engaged earlier this month on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The 26-year-old said his American fiancee has been a "great influence" on him.

"I know you've seen Erica around tournaments a lot, but we really have tried to keep it low key," he told the Herald's Diary.

"She is a low-key person, but she brings a level of normality to everything.

Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll after winning the DP World Tour Golf Championship in Dubai last month (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty)
Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll after winning the DP World Tour Golf Championship in Dubai last month (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty)

"She has a calming presence and that's not just on me, it is noticeable in any company.

"She never wants to be the centre of attention and is always comfortable in the background.

"She has been a great influence on me and has brought such a great balance to my life, between who I am when people see me out in the public eye and who I am at home.

"It's a very happy time," he added.

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