Posted by Eugene Horan in News.

Thank you to each and every person who took the time to vote for me, especially those who took the time out of their own busy lives to lend their amazing support on a daily basis over the course of two months! Friends, family, old school mates, even complete strangers. I received an overwhelming amount of support from all over the world that has exceeded my wildest expectations and I could never justify my gratitude with words. Just know, I will never forget it and I will always treasure the love & support you have shown me.

I would also like to thank Budweiser for presenting this amazing opportunity. Our beautiful country is blessed with an incredible amount of undiscovered talent so to make the final four was a huge achievement in itself. But to be standing here today as the overall winner…well, that really hasn’t sunk in just yet!

To my fellow finalists, Stewart, Laura & Ciara, it has been wonderful getting to know you guys and your best buds Andy, Norah & Aoife. I hope we can stay in touch. No matter what your dreams are in life, I have the utmost respect for anyone who acts on them, works for them and never gives up on them. Love and respect to you all!

Thank you for the amazing media coverage—Galway Independent, Connacht Tribune/Galway City Tribune, Galway United FC, Claregalway.infoWilson Hartnell,,, iRadio, Galway Bay FM, RTÉ 2fm & Irish Daily Mirror for your fantastic support throughout!

I also need to thank the lovely Rosario Dawson for her support & encouragement. As well, as the Notorious Conor McGregor. Conor, you are the reason I entered this competition and you are living proof that through hard work, dedication and determination—dreams can become reality. You are a towering inspiration to me and I thank you.

Special thanks to my wonderful girlfriend Basia. Your love and support makes everything I dare to dream, possible! I love you with all my heart and there is nobody I would rather share this adventure with than you!

Thanks again to everyone for all of the wonderfully kind messages of congratulations since the results were announced. Sorry if I have not responded to you all individually. I look forward to sitting down with the Budweiser team and putting our plan into action and I cannot wait to share the next step of this epic journey with you all!

I must stress, I have not won a part in a movie. I have won a glorious opportunity to prove myself in front of the biggest names in the business and I have every intention of doing just that. I really appreciate the Good Luck messages but I’ve always been a firm believer that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. This opportunity has presented itself through years of hard work and the wonderful support of all of you guys!

Never give up on your dreams, you’ll never know just how close you may have been!