Ireland 7s rugby star and Love Island winner Greg O’Shea arrived back in Ireland today following his ten-day, £50,000 winning appearance on the popular ITV show.
There was a massive scrum to see and photograph the Limerick man after his flight from London touched down at Shannon Airport. He arrived however without his show-winning partner Amber Gill, whom he said, he “100% wants to bring her over.”
O’Shea’s Aer Lingus flight (EI-381) from London Heathrow touched down at 10.59am with an estimated 300 fans waiting to see him. However, they had to endure numerous false alarms as each time the sliding doors from the arrivals hall opened, there was no sign of their hero.
It was decided to allow the other passengers from the flight to make their way out into the arrivals areas before Greg was escorted to make his long-anticipated appearance at 11.42am.
Speaking to the media afterwards, the 24-year-old said: “It’s amazing. I thought only my family would be here but all these people. Literally, it could have been my dad outside the door and I would have been happy but this is amazing.”
The big question on fans and reporter’s minds was about whether and when Greg would bring Amber to Limerick.
The star had broken the news with an Instagram photo fo the pair on Tuesday when he said: “Home tomorrow and leaving this one in London. Might miss her a little bit.”
He told reporters: “I asked her about 50 times if she was coming home with me now but she’s so busy. Everyone in Britain wants a bit of Amber so but I will get her over definitely very, very soon.
"I’d love to bring her just to have a pint of Guinness in a quiet pub somewhere. She’s never had Guinness before so that will be a big one."
Speaking about the blossoming relationship between the pair he said: “I only met her two weeks ago so that’s a bit much to talk about right now but we’re definitely going in the right direction, 100%.”
Now based in Dublin, the Scoil Íde, Corbally and Crescent College Comprehensive past pupil revealed he hadn’t been to Limerick for a while.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been in Limerick because I’m living in Dublin playing rugby the whole time so I can’t wait to get in, see my family and friends and just relax in the city,” he added.
Having rejected initial offers to join the show, Greg had already seen six weeks of Love Island before he finally joined the cast.
“I wasn’t supposed to be going in. I rejected the initial cast and rejected the bombshell and then they pushed a couple of things around for me and I managed to go in late into the series and I ended up winning it,” he said.
Looking forward to catching up with his family, Greg added: “I just can’t wait really to talk to my family and friends. I didn’t tell anyone except my parents and best mate I was going in so I’ve a lot of explaining to do.”
The Munster and Ireland Rugby Sevens star also spoke of the ‘slagging’ he continues to get from his team mates.
“I’d say they are going to slag me so much. We got loads of messages of support and that was just normal rugby dressing room stuff. If you’re not getting slagged you’re probably not getting along with the team so I can’t wait to see them,” he said.
Asked how he found being on the show Greg said: “Being an Irish lad, and you’ll all understand this, we kind of just take things in our stride so I didn’t really find it tough.
I went on holidays for two weeks and ended up winning the show. I was lucky to come out with Amber and I’ve always been a ‘one-woman kind of guy’ so I can’t wait to get her over here.
Greg also confirmed the ITV show was not scripted and that it was genuine.
“It wasn’t scripted at all. There were genuine emotions and feelings but in a normal everyday context it would take weeks for you to take someone on a couple of dates and stuff and they make if happen straight away. It’s sped up but it’s real,” he said.
Speaking about surgery he plans to get for a nose and forehead injury Greg said: “I’m going to postpone the surgery for now because it’s probably the worst time ever to get your face chopped up so I’ll get it done at the end of next season hopefully.
"It wasn’t really actually that sore when it first happened. For cracking your skull I thought it would be sorer but it’s okay. It’s healed but out place if you understand but I will get it all straightened eventually."