'I felt every emotion under sun' - Brady's proud mum
Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30
Robbie Brady's mother said she "felt every emotion under the sun" after seeing her son score Ireland's winning goal against Italy.
Maria Brady was joined by daughter Nikki (26), Robbie's aunt Janet Dillon, other family members and friends at their local, 'The Racecourse Inn' in Baldoyle, North Dublin, last night.
A proud Maria was at the centre of celebrations after Ireland qualified from Group E of Euro 2016 thanks to her son Robbie's strike against the Azzurri.
"I feel every emotion under the sun," she told the Irish Independent after the match had ended.
"This is going back to Ray Houghton's goal and I feel I'm reliving my youth. This is what it's all about, we are delighted.
"I am, of course, proud as a mother but also an Irish person."
Robbie's sister Nikki said they were watching the match at home when they got a call to come to the pub for victory celebrations.
"I can't describe how I'm feeling," she said.
The player's aunt Janet Dillon said last night they were amazed at the goal.
"Every single one of them played great and they were exceptional," she said.
"At the 80th minute, I hadn't a hope and then Robbie scored that amazing goal. He did the country so proud and we're ecstatic. You could see the emotion in his face, Roy Keane's face, everyone. The legs must be worn off them.
"His dad, brothers, girlfriend Kerrie [Harris] and extended family are out in France with him."
Following the final whistle, a jubilant Robbie ran to the stands in Lille's Stade Pierre Mauroy where he could see his father, brothers and partner Kerrie.
Kerrie, a choreographer from Swords in North County Dublin, was hoisted carefully from the crowds so she could embrace the Irish goalscorer as his tearful brother looked on.
The touching moment between the couple was captured by a swarm of photographers and TV cameramen, with the resulting images beamed across the world.
The couple are parents to two-year-old daughter Halle, and Kerrie runs the Soul2Soul dance school in her native Swords.
The couple keep a low profile - but the spotlight will stay on them for some time now following Robbie's heroics.