Tuesday 27 September 2016

Batman Ben's mum blown away by Croke Park ovation and Philly McMahon tribute

Ryan Nugent

Published 01/09/2016 | 15:37

'Batman' Ben Farrell lost his brave battle with cancer
'Batman' Ben Farrell lost his brave battle with cancer

THE mother of tragic 'Batman' Ben has said her family were blown away by the ovation her son received at last weekend’s All-Ireland senior football final.

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'Batman' Ben Farrell (5) tragically passed away just over two weeks ago after a long battle with kidney cancer.

He was remembered by 82,000 supporters in the stadium on Sunday with a standing ovation.

Aferwards, star defender Philly McMahon tweeted a photo of himself wearing a batman t-shirt and wrote: “The little batman was watching over us! #BatmanBen"

The late 'Batman' Ben Farrell with is mother, Valerie. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The late 'Batman' Ben Farrell with is mother, Valerie. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Ben’s family were present at Croke Park for the game.

Speaking of the minutes ovation to independent.ie, Valerie Farrell said, “It blew us away, it was very emotional, to think that it was for my baby, it really blew us away.

“It was a recognition of his life, his five years, his love of life and I suppose some sort of recognition of maybe what he’s gone through, but more so recognition that he lived and enjoyed life,” she added.

Following Philly McMahon’s Twitter tribute, Valerie said the Dublin defender was very good to her late son.

“That man just exudes class. He wasn’t gaining anything out of doing that, but he’s just pure class,” she said.

“The Dublin lads met Ben at a training session before we went to America and they gave him a lot of time, especially Philly.

“Philly almost scored in the fifth minute and it would have been lovely to see him get that goal. I said, there was no way Ben was going to let that happen and steal his limelight,” she added.

See tomorrow’s Herald for a full interview.

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