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WATCH Limerick Native Greg O’Shea Wins Love Island 2019 

Limerick local Greg O’Shea was crowned the winner of Love Island 2019 alongside Amber Gill.

WATCH Limerick Native Greg O’Shea Wins Love Island 2019 


On Monday, July 29 Limerick local, Greg O’Shea was crowned the winner of Love Island alongside Amber Gill. Greg is a 24-year-old professional Rugby player from Corbally, Limerick. He previously studied Law at the University of Limerick. Greg was only on the show for just under two weeks, having only entered on Tuesday, July 16. 





The Love Island winners were crowned the winning couple by public vote as they were fan favourites. 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. 



Greg recounted his experience at the villa and said, “I never thought this was going to happen at any stage…I wasn’t here two weeks ago! I just want to say thanks to everyone, go raibh mile maith agat to all the Irish fans, and English fans.”

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.