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Saturday 20 September 2014

'Late Late' star is the proudest boy in green

Published 06/03/2014 | 02:30

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President Higgins shakes hands with eight-year-old Ireland mascot Domhnall O Confhaola, from Connemara, Co Galway, before the start of the game. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
President Higgins shakes hands with eight-year-old Ireland mascot Domhnall O Confhaola, from Connemara, Co Galway, before the start of the game. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

HE melted hearts with his speechless reaction to meeting hero Robbie Keane – and last night Domhnall O Confhaola went even better when he got to meet the entire Irish team.

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The eight-year-old from Connemara was the envy of classmates when he ran out as Ireland's mascot ahead of the clash with Serbia.

Domhnall was asked on 'The Late Late Toy Show' last December to review a football video game. When Robbie Keane walked onto the set, the schoolboy's stuttering reaction had the audience in stitches.

While Keane did not feature in last night's line-up, Domhnall was nonetheless delighted to meet the rest of the Irish squad.

"It's got to be better than just meeting one player," he told RTE before kick-off.

His father Peadar and mother Brid would have been the proudest spectators in the country as they watched Domhnall run out onto the hallowed turf with Ireland captain Glenn Whelan and shake hands with President Michael D Higgins.

But while Domhnall was right in his prediction that Shane Long would score, his hopes for a 3-1 Ireland win were dashed.

Nevertheless, he said he was still optimistic about Ireland's hopes of qualification for Euro 2016 after last night's friendly.

Irish Independent

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