Rory McIlroy’s parents discuss their involvement in his amazing road to success
Sacrificed for their sons future
Gerry and Rosie McIlroy worked long hours to give their gifted son Rory every opportunity to reach his potential. But they never once pushed him to succeed.
Although the young McIlroy was introduced to golf as a baby by his father, it was his own passion for the game that made him a star.
But there's no question that Gerry and his wife Rosie sacrificed a lot for their talented son.
The 51-year-old, who once held down three jobs toiling 100 hours a week as a cleaner and barman, told the Belfast Telegraph: 'We worked very hard to get him where he is. If we'd not put the effort in at the time, I could be here wondering what might have happened and regretting not doing it.'
Rory McIlroy thanks Haiti for humbling trip that changed his life
Rory McIlroy: Returning the excitement to Golf for the Casual Fan
Huge stateside interest in Rory McIlroy's home club
From the beginning the McIlroy's were determined to bring their son to world class junior events in California and Florida from a very young age.
'It was expensive - hotels, air fares and everything but we worked to get where we are,' he said. 'We are very lucky with Rory. Of course there are times everyone gets fed up working, but as the years went by Rory got better and better, so it was more of an incentive.
'I didn't mind and Rosie didn't mind. Rory is our only child so you can just do the best you can for them. We didn't know what was going to happen. All we did was try our best for him.'
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Irish students told “No Irish Need Apply”...
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Bill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an...
- Top ten negative terms used to describe Irish...
- Dubliner found guilty of vicious Temple Bar...
- Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for...
- Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne brands new Pope...
- Are the Celts one of the ten lost tribes...
- Married priests could well be Pope Francis'...
The OVERWHELMING majority of Irish people in Ireland wanted the IRA to decommission, and Sinn Fein to fully participate in democracy in Ireland. AgainRacist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
@Cepta: It's ridiculuous to say that the Irish government is fuelling racial intolerance through its immigration policies. People who are racist needSmithwick inquiry finds Irish police may have colluded in two IRA murders
If a leading Member of Parliament (MP) in Great Britain (GB) uses parliamentary privilege to make unqualified allegations against a prominent human riWhy Ireland needs to give its emigrants a say in the country
89west! If the Dublin Giovernment's Deptartment of Ragged Trousered Philanthropy (ie Social Welfare) could redirect the astronomical sums they pay to