Monday 20 November 2017

Brave little Merryn (4) is leader of the Irish pack

Rob Kearney, Merryn Lacy, Paul O'Connell and Ian Madigan
Rob Kearney, Merryn Lacy, Paul O'Connell and Ian Madigan

Eimear Rabbitte and Brian Bryne

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl has been given the star treatment by the Irish rugby team ahead of this weekend's Triple Crown match at Twickenham.

Merryn Lacy was all smiles as she met Irish rugby captain Paul O'Connell and Rob Kearney at their training base – but the Dubliner is currently battling a life-threatening condition that could see her needing to travel to the US for treatment.

She was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the nervous system last August and is undergoing frontline treatment in Our Lady's Children's Hospital.

"She first got it in her kidneys which have now spread to her bone marrow and it was diagnosed as stage four cancer," her father Mick said.

Her family has set up the Merryn Lacy Foundation and said that every penny will go towards her treatment and children's cancer research.

Meanwhile, solicitors are working hard to track down rogue ticket sellers ahead of Ireland's Six Nations clash against England.

All 82,000 tickets have been snapped up ahead of Saturday's bout at Twickenham, with third- party sellers now attempting to offload tickets for as much as €2,623, a mark-up of 2,086pc on the original price.

A spokesperson at Twickenham Stadium confirmed a number of solicitors were working to identify rogue online ticket sellers and cancel tickets that they are trying to sell.

They also warned that many tickets for sale on third-party websites do not actually exist, and had noted several cases where fans had paid large prices for tickets they never received.

Irish Independent

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