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WATCH Homecoming for Greg O’Shea, Limerick’s Love Island Champion

Homecoming for Greg OShea, August 7 2019: Love Island winner Greg O’Shea landed at Shannon Airport today and declared “it’s great to be home”.
Pictured is Greg O’Shea at arrivals in Shannon Airport. Picture: Arthur Ellis.

WATCH Homecoming for Greg O’Shea, Limerick’s Love Island Champion

On Wednesday, August 7 Limerick local and Love Island champion Greg O’Shea flew into Shannon airport to be greeted by a flood of fans welcoming him home. After being out of the villa for ten days, he has finally come home to Limerick, after celebrating his win with fellow Love Island friends and partner Amber Gill.

Greg O’Shea spoke at the event, saying, “It’s hard to believe and you dream of moments like that at Shannon, but I certainly never thought today would happen. I’m really delighted to be home.”


While Greg O’Shea has come home without his partner and co-winner  Amber Gill with him, he promises on social media that he will eventually bring her to Ireland. Since the show ended, he has spent time in Newcastle with his new partner, getting to know all her friends and family.

Homecoming for Greg OShea

Pictured is Greg O’Shea at arrivals in Shannon Airport. Picture: Arthur Ellis.

He posted on social media saying, “So lucky to have met her and can’t wait to get her to Ireland”. 

However, it has been revealed by Greg’s agent that the Limerick local will not be making any formal or personal appearances in the near future, due to the “reputational challenges” it could bring, with the young star set to first focus on his rugby career and his legal studies.

Welcoming the Love Island star off the flight, Mary Considine, Acting CEO of Shannon Group, which operates Shannon Airport, said, “We’ve had many, many international stars of stage, screen and sport come in through Shannon over the decades and now Greg, already a well-respected rugby player, will be among them. He represents Ireland at the international level in rugby and has now put Limerick and Ireland on the map by winning Love Island, this hugely popular reality TV show”.

The Love Island winners were crowned the winning couple by public vote as they were fan favourites, receiving nearly 50% of the votes. Greg received the £50k prize but chose to split it with Amber, as most of the previous winning couples chose to do. 

Upon Greg entering the villa, Amber Gill told fellow islanders, “His accent is fabulous. And he can take the banter. I’m telling you now, I haven’t liked one boy that has come in. That boy has got the luck of the Irish!”. 

Greg entered the villa with his sights set on Irish contestant Maura Higgins, however, it was not long before he was matched with Amber Gill from Newcastle, UK. The couple quickly became fan favourites with viewers around the world, with the show earning a viewership of 4.2 million. 

Greg will join the rest of his teammates for their preseason training at the end of August for the World Rugby Sevens in Dubai. Greg joined the Munster academy at the age of 18 in 2013. After a serious Achilles tendon injury, his chance of earning a professional contract at his native province was at risk. Soon after he moved into the IRFU’s sevens programme. Greg is hoping to make the Irish rugby sevens team for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.  


Love Island is a UK dating show where a cast of hot young singles are looking for a summer of love and romance in Majorca. The winning couple leaves the island with £50,000. Greg admits to being a relationship guy, after just coming out of a four-year relationship. He confesses to saving up for an engagement ring right before his long-term girlfriend split from him, saying, “I saw myself marrying the last girl I was with.”  

Fellow Irish contestant, Maura Higgins, from Longford, came in fourth place with her partner Curtis Pritchard. As well as this, Maura also won Best Bombshell Entry to the villa.

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