Tuesday 15 October 2019

'I had brandy for my nerves and it nearly killed me' - Shane's granny

Emmy Scanlon, Shane Lowrys grandmother celebrates his success in the Open at her home in Clara
Emmy Scanlon, Shane Lowrys grandmother celebrates his success in the Open at her home in Clara

Shane Lowry's grandmother has revealed she had to drink brandy to steady her nerves as she watched her grandson clinch the British Open at the weekend.

Emily Scanlon has been one of Shane's most loyal supporters, following his progress from when he was just a boy to raising the iconic Claret Jug in Portrush.

But she was plagued by nerves as he strolled to victory.


"Oh terrible emotional it was," she told RTE News of watching her grandson compete at The Open.

"I hadn't slept. I hadn't drank a brandy since 2009 - I drank two (on the day) and it nearly killed me.

"I'm a very proud granny. It's great to live to see all this happening.

"We'd a great auld life. Poor life, but a good one. Isn't that what it's all about? Keeping going."

Mrs Scanlon also remembered when Shane won the Mullingar Scratch Cup - and their hilarious exchange afterwards.

"He came home and I told him to bring me in a bucket of turf.

"He said, 'you wouldn't see Tiger Woods bringing in a bucket of turf'.

"He thought he was Tiger Woods! Ah, great days. Great memories," she said.

She also revealed some of Shane's childhood antics.

"He had a great upbringing. He was always on the go.

"I had a turf box in the corner beside the range. When I'd go up to the clotheslines, I'd pour them into it and he'd have all the turf mould ate.

"Whether it worked his immune system or what, I don't know," she laughed.

Mrs Scanlon also appeared on RTE's Liveline, where she and her family were inundated with well wishes.

Among those who congratulated her on Shane's win was Daniel O'Donnell.

"I'm delighted to be able to congratulate you and by congratulating you I send it to Shane, we are so, so proud of his achievement yesterday and indeed since he turned pro. Yesterday was a wonderful day for Ireland," said the singer.

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