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Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the death of Christy O'Connor Senior


Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sadness at the passing of Christy O'Connor Senior, saying: 

'Christy O'Connor Senior was known as 'Himself' and always was himself, a wonderful man who left an indelible mark on professional golf and the sporting world. He was a larger than life character and the owner of the best pair of wrists in the game. He was a master of touch and feel on the greens and his brilliant golf was iconic for so many people, ever before television brought golf tournaments into every home. As you might expect from a son of Ireland, rain or wind never mattered to him, he was always simply outstanding. Of course he is synonymous with the Royal Dublin Club from the 1950s on, when he blazed a trail through the world of golf. His record of achievement stands apart, including playing for Ireland in 15 world cups and 10 consecutive Ryder Cups. I met him many times and it was always a pleasure to meet someone who epitomised Ireland and made us so proud. I would like to convey my deepest sympathies to his family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.'