Sunday 25 September 2016

Shane Long's mother reveals tears were shed as the Irish players left for France

Tom Rooney

Published 08/06/2016 | 18:50

Shane Long celebrates his goal against Holland
Shane Long celebrates his goal against Holland

Shane Long’s mother has said that she never finds it easy to watch her son play and that emotions were high when he and the Irish team departed for France today.

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Long’s mom, Ann, explained how she spent some time with Shane at Dublin Airport earlier in the day prior to the Irish squad jetting off for the Euros.

Speaking on the Ray D’Arcy Show, she admitted that the time between now and Ireland’s opening game against Sweden on Monday will be nerve-wracking.

“I do (get nervous), this week now I’ll be a nervous wreck and will be until the game is over, it’s hard to enjoy the games.

“They left Castleknock there about 1 o’clock so I drove up there to say goodbye to him and to wish him well. I had about 15 minutes; they had stuff to do and to get ready.

“I just told him to be himself and he’d be grand, he was very upbeat, it was emotional alright and there were a few tears after he left,” she said

Anne revealed that the players will essentially be cut off from their loved ones until after the Sweden encounter, though they were all in high spirits before heading for Versailles.

“The team were all very upbeat and they all looked very smart on the way out, navy suits with green ties, very smart.

“I will get to talk to him out there, not before the game but probably the day after we will call out to see him at the hotel on Tuesday.”

The whole Long clan are bound for France, including the striker’s pregnant wife Kayleah and their two young daughters.

Back in Tipperary, hometown Gortnahoe is 'buzzing', according to Anne.

“Kayleah is flying out the day before the match and then staying for the match and flying back to the UK and then back again for the next match. We are all leaving on Friday and staying for the three matches,” she said.

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