Tuesday 17 January 2017

Baby Santa melts the heart of Roy Keane during his visit to Temple Street

Clarissa Waldron

Published 12/06/2015 | 07:53

Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Santa Ture, age 7 months, from Drogheda, Co. Louth. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Santa Ture, age 7 months, from Drogheda, Co. Louth. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Calvin Cleary, age 8, Dublin. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with John Mahon, age 18 months, from Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Jack Kelly Smyth, age 14, from Kilmainhamwood, Co. Meath. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

She's only seven months old - but this little girl made Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane stop in his tracks.

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Keane seemed rather taken by baby Santa Ture (seven months) as she relaxed in to her comfortable bean bag, seemingly without a care in the world.

Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Santa Ture, age 7 months, from Drogheda, Co. Louth. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Santa Ture, age 7 months, from Drogheda, Co. Louth. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Pictured are Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Santa Ture, age 7 months, from Drogheda, Co. Louth. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Gurgling away as Roy Keane stopped by to say hello, the baby girl gave him a huge smile as he crouched down to make contact. And judging by the pictures, there's no doubt this little girl melted his heart.

Keane and Ireland manager Martin O'Neill dropped in at Temple Street Children's Hospital yesterday afternoon - and it proved to be just what the doctor ordered for patients.

Young soccer fans were delighted to see the sporting legends ahead of tomorrow's crucial European qualifier against Scotland.

Both O'Neill and Keane said it was a pleasure paying a visit and praised the staff at the hospital.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin ONeill make a very special visit to Temple Street Childrens University Hospital Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland manager Martin ONeill make a very special visit to Temple Street Childrens University Hospital Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

"We thoroughly enjoy meeting the patients. We are always taken aback by the hard work and positivity of the staff," the Ireland boss said. "The work they do each day is fantastic."

Calvin Cleary (8) from Dublin and Adam Farrell (10) from Dunboyne, Co Meath were just some of the lucky patients who got to meet and spend quality time with the pair.

Far from the feared hardman of his playing days, Keane found time to brighten up the day of Jack Kelly Smyth (14) from Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath as he signed his Ireland shirt.

The management duo made the visit in conjunction with the SportsWorld FAI Summer Soccer Schools, who have chosen Temple Street as their charity of the year.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin ONeill make a very special visit to Temple Street Childrens University Hospital Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland manager Martin ONeill make a very special visit to Temple Street Childrens University Hospital Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

SportsWorld, part of the Heatons group, are also title sponsor of the FAI Summer Soccer Schools.

One euro donations can be made to Temple Street Children's Hospital when booking a summer camp online at www.summersoccerschools.ie

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