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Shane Lowry: ‘At the end of the day, I’m not a politician, I’m a professional golfer.’ Picture: Getty

Shane Lowry is one of Ireland’s most popular sportspeople, and with very good reason. The golfer is highly successful, but has always retained his humility. An ever-smiling presence, he bounces back each time he goes through a bad run of form.

He was a driving force in the Irish Olympic effort and one of the top players in the doomed Ryder Cup performance by Europe last autumn. When in Ireland he is likely to be ...