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Weeping fan's reaction to Robbie Brady goal hits global headlines after Conor McGregor Facebook post

Cathal McMahon

Published 24/06/2016 | 17:44

Irish fan Kenny Murdock weeps following Robbie Brady's winning goal against Italy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Irish fan Kenny Murdock weeps following Robbie Brady's winning goal against Italy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Tears of joy for Irish fan Kenny Murdock as Robbie Brady heads home Ireland's winner against Italy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

An Irish fan pictured weeping after Ireland's historic victory over Italy during the week has described his shock at becoming a viral sensation.

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Kenny Murdock has achieved overnight online fame after a picture of him crying after Robbie Brady's 85th minute goal went viral online.

The image was posted on Facebook by MMA champion Conor McGregor and has appeared on news broadcasts across the globe.

Mr Murdock (53) told Independent.ie that the photograph captures the raw emotion that he felt after the late winner.

“When Ireland scored just the emotion went through me. It was just a relief. I thought it would be offside or disallowed. I could not believe it.

“This is way up there with the best of them, something like when we beat the Italians in New York. We had no luck as usual in the game. The team played out of their skin and they should have had a few penalties."

Kenny, who is originally from Lisburn, but living in Belfast, devoted to the national side and he has only missed 15 home or away games since 1989.

He has been to three World Cups and this is his second European Championships.

His iconic 'Cliftonville FC, Belfast' tricolour is a regular staple at all the Ireland games and he explained that the flag is the reason he was caught on camera at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Wednesday night.

“I have a big flag that has badges on it from everywhere we have travelled to.

“I just came down with about 20 minutes to go and I was standing beside Davy Keogh with his flag when they scored.”

The cameras inside the arena photographed Kenny as tears welled up in his eyes and his right fist was clenched.

The image was shared on Facebook by Conor McGregor under the title 'Pride and Passion unmatched' and 'liked' almost 75,000 times.

Kenny said : "I had people calling me from all over the world saying they saw the picture. It was incredible."

This is not the first time his photograph has gone viral. At the 2002 World Cup he was snapped during the Ireland and Spain Round of 16 game.

Kenny has booked his tickets all the way to the final and he explained that Ireland have a great chance of progressing.

"I seriously think we are going to beat the French.

“We are improving from each game. We knew we had to do a job. Sometimes with our backs against the wall we come out fighting, like the fighting Irish.”

“We have got a good chance, we have nothing to lose. "

Check out some of the pictures sent to Independent.ie Fanzone

Graham Doyle, Alan O'Neill and Brian Flannery from Santry get ready for Lyon
Graham Doyle, Alan O'Neill and Brian Flannery from Santry get ready for Lyon
No tickets, no worries. Elizabeth Cuddy travelled to Lille for her 60th birthday. She is pictured here holding an inflated banana in Lille with fans
Did he know something we didn't?Jack Nolan with sister Abbie and father Karl before the game
Alan Keane hasn't missed a game since Italia 90. Picture Andrea Collins
Picture: Francis Edgeworth, Tallaght
Mia Carroll Glasnevin. Picture Selina Carroll
Jamie Carroll Glasnevin. Picture Selina Carroll
Patrick Lavelle from Mayo with Niall Keogh from Kildare. Picture: Patrick Lavelle
Patrick Lavelle from Mayo Niall Keogh from Kildare and Irish legend Ronnie Whelan. Picture: Patrick Lavelle
Picture: Francis Edgeworth Tallaght
'Fruitysuits with TD Mick Wallace. Picture: Fruitysuits
Dylan James is the described by his mother Niamh Heery as the no.1 COYBIG baby
John Cawley, Mark Mahon, John McCann and Peter Cleary. Picture Peter Cleary
Picture Gareth Duffy
Keith Malseed Brian Duffy Shane duffys father Eric white Siobhan Duffy mother and Hannah Carr in Bordeaux. Picture: Keith Malseed
Keith Malseed, Donegal, and Paul Walsh, Cork, at The Connemara Bar in Bordeaux. Picture: Keith Malseed
Donegal fans in Bordeaux. Picture Keith Malseed
John McCann Peter Cleary John Cawley Mark Mahon. Picture Peter Cleary
Muriel Krijeder with Amy (12 months) and Roisín McCann with baby Aoife (5 months) - Picture Steven Krijeder
Luke Fay (9) and Sean McAllister (9) skipped school to go to Paris. However they bumped into their principal Mr Boyle from St Colmcille's Junior School at the stadium - Picture Shane Fay
Shae McDonnell. Living in DeWitt Michigan, USA
Fans with 'Walters is Coming flag' - Picture Mick Burke
Fans have arrived in La Rochelle - Picture Steven Krijeder
Buddy the pug before the Sweden game - Picture Dave Butler
Katie Hickey at the Stade de France in Paris
Rhona O'Brien Charlie Shakespeare and Hugh O'Connor at the Eiffel tower
Jake, Benjamin and Sebastian Flood watch their father Gordon Flood on television live from the Stade de France from the comfort of their home in Trim, Co Meath
Staff of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital together with patient baby Christy Joyce with his siblings Louise & Patsy Joyce
This police officer does not look happy with Nicole Lynch posing for a picture at the Euro 2016 Fanzone in Paris
Dubliners Alan McAuley and Des Shiels and others with hilarious 'Irish Walters' jackets pose with a French police officer in Paris. Picture: Gerard Daly
From left to right; Andrew Greene, Ronan Greene, Philip Nolan and David O'Reilly all set for the Sweden match. Picture sent by Olivia Leonard
Ireland Cerebral Palsy Development squad win Catalonia football tournament
Patsy Joyce, Director of Nursing at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Rachel Kenna holding patient baby Christy Joyce, Louise Joyce and Jack Power aged 8. Evan Dolan aged 12 years back row
Danny (6) on Dublin Bus before the game
Eddie Power meets Gary Lineker 28 years on from that famous day in Stuttgart
Donegal Fans - Kevin Mulhern Owen Doohan and Michael Barry at the Fanzone in Paris

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