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Is Conor (3) Ireland’s youngest Euro 2012 supporter and can anybody babysit?

Published 13/06/2012 | 08:05

Irish fans John O'Mahoney, from Kildare, with wife Eileen, from Kerry, with sons Jackson, 8, and Conor, 4, pictured on the beach in Sopot
Irish fans Jackson, 8, and brother Conor O'Mahoney, 4, pictured on the beach in Sopot

COULD these two be Ireland’s youngest supporters in Poland?

Little Conor O’Mahoney spent the day at the beach yesterday after making the long journey from Poznan to Sopot.

The three-year-old was “bouncing” around the stadium when Ireland scored against Croatia – but now his parents may have to find a babysitter for tomorrow night as they can’t get him a ticket for the Spanish game.

Dad John, who lives in London, has been to every major tournament that Ireland has played in and despite gaining a family since the World Cup in Japan he was determined to make the European Championships again.

But that meant that the Kildare man and wife Eileen had to bring Conor and his older brother Jackson (8) along in their campervan.

“He [Conor] really got into the match. We thought he might fade but he really got into it. He was bouncing around when we go the goal.”

And now there is a desperate search underway to get tickets for the two boys. “We have only two for the Spain game so we’ll have to see,” explained Eileen, who admitted that they might start a simultaneous search for a Polish babysitter.

Asked for his view on recent days, Conor told the Herald: “Trapattoni’s sad.”

His father added: “It was very different back in Stuttgart because I went with six lads and we an old Merc. Now I’m coming with a family.

“It’s funny observing the lads here doing what we were doing 20 years ago.”

The O’Mahoney family aren’t the only ones stuck for tickets though. Hundreds of Irish fans are now involved in a massive scramble for tickets to Thursday’s game.

Despite the heavy loss to Croatia there is a severe shortage of seats available for the next group match and according to many at the camping sites the only thing more precious is good quality toilet roll.

*Read further coverage by Kevin Doyle in today’s Evening Herald

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