Weeping fan's reaction to Robbie Brady goal hits global headlines after Conor McGregor Facebook post
Published 24/06/2016 | 17:44
An Irish fan pictured weeping after Ireland's historic victory over Italy during the week has described his shock at becoming a viral sensation.
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.
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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. "
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