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2019 truly was Lowry’s year

Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 5:25pm

Shane Lowry's win at the Open where he claimed his first major title in commanding fashion at Royal Portrush has been named as Ireland's most memorable sporting moment in 2019.

This is according to the Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index (TSSI) 2019, a comprehensive 1,000 person survey conducted nationally. Lowry, who was voted the RTÉ Sportsperson on the Year at the weekend pipped Katie Taylor to the top spot with 30 per cent of respondents voting for him in comparison with 29 per cent voting for Taylor's achievement of becoming a two-weight world champion.

Elsewhere there was no splitting the Dublin team, who made history by winning a fifth All-Ireland football title this year, and the Irish women's hockey team, who qualified for the Olympic games for the first time ever. Both received 25 per cent of the votes each for team of the year for 2019.

Gaelic games held on to top spot as Ireland’s Favourite Sports on 19 per cent, just ahead of soccer on 18 per cent with rugby rounding out the top three on 13 per cent.

However Taylor made it a three in-a-row of wins in Ireland’s most Admired Sport Star category, retaining the title she took in 2017 and 2018. It’s the fifth time in seven years that she has topped that particular poll.

Looking ahead, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is the sporting event the Irish public is most looking forward to next year with 22 per cent of votes, with Euro 2020 in second place on 17 per cent despite four games in the tournament being held at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Rob Pearson, Director, Teneo Ireland: “Wrapping up a rollercoaster year for Irish sport, the findings from Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index confirm the central role and contribution that sport, our sports teams and athletes play in our culture and society. Shane Lowry’s history-making Major win moves him into the realms of Irish sporting superstars and was voted the most memorable sporting moment of the year.

“Katie Taylor’s popularity with the general public knows no bounds; every way you cut the data she is Ireland’s most admired sports star for the third year running. Katie’s continued excellence in the ring coupled with the Ireland women’s hockey side’s dramatic 2020 Olympic qualification and a record-breaking Ladies All Ireland Football and Camogie finals attendance numbers made for another very strong year for women’s sport.”

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