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McLellan congratulates McIlroy on No.1 success

5 March, 2012

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has congratulated Co. Down's Rory McIlroy, after he shot to number one in the world rankings following his win in Florida at the Honda Classic over the weekend.

Speaking today the East Cork Deputy said:

“On September 19th 2007, Rory was ranked 876th in the world. Today he is number one. To have achieved such success at a remarkably young age is astonishing. Rory did brilliantly to hold off such a strong challenge from Tiger Woods and others and win by two strokes, especially after coming so agonisingly close to winning the Accenture World Match Play Championship only last weekend.

“Rory is a fantastic ambassador for the young people of Ireland, and is a shining example of what hard work and determination can achieve. There was a huge sense of expectation and excitement throughout the country this weekend, especially in his home town of Hollywood, Co. Down. Rory has brought a great sense of hope and pride to the entire country, and we are all immensely proud of him.” ENDS

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