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Over 650,000 viewers in Ireland have watched last night's Love Island finale

Limerick man Greg O’Shea won Love Island 2019 last night along with Amber Gill.

VIRGIN MEDIA TWO broke some of its own viewing records last night, as over a half a million people tuned in for the Love Island finale.

An average of 372,000 tuned in to watch as rugby player Greg O’Shea took the top prize along with Amber Gill in the final episode of the popular series.

The Limerick man had only featured in the British show for 12 days, while Longford woman Maura Higgins also made the final after several weeks in the Spanish villa

O’Shea and Gill will now share a £50,000 prize.

Virgin Media said that – across all its platforms including TV and streaming – there have been 653,000 views of the episode so far. 

It said it was the highest ever daily average share of viewing in the channel’s 10-year history for adults 15+ and adults aged 15-44, according to figures from TAM Nielsen.

The series – now in its 5th edition – also enjoys wide popularity in the UK, with peak figures over six million

At home, it was also screened in a number of cinemas while Dublin pub McGowans held a ticketed event that showed it across “two mega screens and 16 large screens”

The reality show is set in a villa in Majorca, and asks men and women to couple up with each other, with the aim that the couple most liked by the public will win a cash prize.

Individuals and couples are voted off the show by the public over the course of eight weeks. 

The next series of the UK show will air next year. 

With reporting from Rónán Duffy

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