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Saturday 23 August 2014

Nadia vows to fly back from States to sing at home games

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 12/11/2013 | 07:15

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Model Nadia Forde sang the National Anthem before the Ireland-Sweden game in September.
Model Nadia Forde sang the National Anthem before the Ireland-Sweden game in September.

The FAI are going to great lengths to make Nadia Forde their official girl in green.

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She will belt out the national anthem for this Friday's Irish international at the Aviva Stadium for the second time in two months.

Now, Nadia has confirmed that she is already in talks about performing at more games next year.

And that will mean returning from the States for the 24-year-old who has been spending time over there as she films for a reality TV show.

“Nothing has been confirmed, but there is every chance I will be back for more next year,” she told the Herald.

“I will have to come back for them because it is likely that I will be in LA.”

“But I am just looking forward to Friday's performance for now.”

The Dubliner received positive reviews when she sang Amhran na bhFiann at the Aviva Stadium when Ireland took on Sweden in September.

However, the cash-strapped FAI won't be paying for her flights.

And with an average return flight from LA's international airport costing just under €1,000 for economy class, the brunette model is certainly showing she’s an Irish football fan.

“The FAI doesn't pay for my flights, I often come home for different jobs,” she explained.

“I would love to do more games next year, but only time will tell.” Nadia also denied her home is now in LA where she spent several months this year filming for a reality TV show.

“I live in Dublin,” she told the Herald.

“But I do spend a lot of my time in LA and London as that is where my work is.”

New boss Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane took a tour of the Aviva Stadium yesterday as they prepared for their first game in charge.

The Republic of Ireland's first scheduled game in 2014 will see them taking on Serbia in a friendly in Dublin in March. The AR model was due to fly to LA in October, but she pushed it back until the new year as various projects continue in Ireland and the UK.

This Friday, Nadia will enjoy her second performance at the Aviva Stadium when she sings the national anthem for the first game of the new era with O'Neill and Keane in charge.

“I am really excited about the performance on Friday and meeting Martin and Roy,” she explained.

“I have learned a lot about football in the qualifiers over the past few months so I am really interested to see what happens with the new management.”

Another project keeping the brunette at home is her upcoming performance as a fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk, |this year's Cheerios Christmas Panto with Alan Hughes.

hnews@herald.ie

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