Tuesday 17 October 2017

WATCH: Darren Randolph shocks seven-year-old Cathal Byrne by making him Irish mascot for Austria game

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Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph made seven-year-old Cathal Byrne's dreams come true on Wednesday when he presented the Wicklow town native with his own jersey, shorts and socks ahead of this Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Austria.

Bynre was unveiled as Irish football's next mascot by Randolph on Wednesday after Three Ireland invited the young goalkeeper out to FAI Headquarters in Abbottstown for an exclusive behind the scenes look at where the team trains and where manager Martin O’Neill conducts his match press conferences.

While sitting in the upstairs press conference room at the FAI buildings at the National Sports Campus, Byrne was paid a visit by his favourite player Darren Randolph who informed him that he would be Ireland's next mascot.

Visibly shocked by the news, Byrne was left speechless at his new role before he eventually accompanied Randolph out to the training ground to watch the Irish team train.

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