Hero's welcome for Leona Maguire

It was a hero’s homecoming in Ballyconnell last night as hundreds turned out to welcome home Leona Maguire.

The well known local golfer was instrumental in Europe’s win in the Solheim Cup this week.

Leona and her 94 year old Granny Kathleen were driven through the town in an open top car before a special homecoming event at the Slieve Russell Hotel.

Speaking at the event she said it was “incredible” to see the crowds that had turned out and the reaction there had been.

“My phone has been on the hop the last few days”, she said.

Local TD Brendan Smith praised the 26 year old for her work and described last night’s event as “a special occasion to be cherished”.

Leona set a record for a rookie at the Solheim Cup, scoring 4.5 points from five matches. She paid tribute to her teammates for their support.

And she praised the Quinn family in her remarks for opening the Slieve Russell Hotel and golf club where she honed her skills.

“We wouldn’t be here without them today, without this venue”, she said, remarks that were met with applause from those attending.