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When Roy met Oscar . . . it was all eyes on a football legend

David Forsythe

Published 08/10/2011 | 05:00

Oscar Jefferson (11 months), from Cobh, eyeballs Roy Keane at the opening of the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centre yesterday. Photo: DIANE CUSACK
Oscar Jefferson (11 months), from Cobh, eyeballs Roy Keane at the opening of the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centre yesterday. Photo: DIANE CUSACK
Staff at Bon Secours Hospital in Cork watch Roy Keane perform the official opening. Photo: DARAGH MCSWEENEY

HE might be out of the spotlight at the moment but Roy Keane hasn't lost any of his superstar appeal.

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The former Irish captain, who has been linked to a return to football management in recent weeks, was besieged by fans and autograph hunters yesterday when he opened a new cancer unit in his native Cork.

Keane was at the Bon Secours Hospital to open the Irish Cancer Society's new Daffodil Centre.

He good-homouredly signed autographs for more than 40 minutes for the staff and fans who turned out, but was less patient when it came to the media.

And it was an easy question to start.

The former Manchester United star was asked if he had any advice for the Irish rugby team as they prepared for the biggest game of their lives -- against Wales in the Rugby World Cup this morning.

He stopped and stared at the reporter who asked the question for several moments without uttering a word before moving on again.

And that was that.

The Daffodil Centre is run by specialist cancer nurses, and volunteers will provide an on-site information service giving support to people affected by or concerned about cancer.

The new centre at Cork's Bon Secours hospital is one of several being set up by the Irish Cancer Society in hospitals across the country.

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