Saturday 17 August 2019

Jamie to accept ultimate honour for his country

Local teenager Jamie Monaghan will become an Irish ambassador this week when he flies out to Paris to accept an award on behalf of all Irish soccer supporters.

The sporting Irish fans have been honoured with a prestigious award -'Médaille de la Ville de Paris', for their exceptional behaviour during the Euro 2016 Championships.

Last weekend, Jamie, who won the hearts of all football fans at the finals with his distinctive Irish wheelchair, was asked by the FAI to accept the award on behalf of the Republic of Ireland fans.

'I will be heading over to Paris this Thursday with my dad Philip to accept the award from the Parisian mayor Anne Hidalgo, in a ceremony to be held at the fan zone in the capital. I am so honoured to have been chosen out of all the dedicated irish fans to accept this award. Myself and my family are so proud. I hope that now I might be seen as somewhat of an ambassador for the Irish football fans and especially the fans who are in wheelchairs. We really are the best in the world,' he wrote this week.

Jamie indeed will be hoping to meet the actual Irish ambassador to France while he's there, Drogheda woman Geraldine Byrne Nason who became Ambassador of Ireland to France in August 2014.

Geraldine was spotted at a number of the Irish games and no doubt was very proud of the great reputation the Irish left in France.

Drogheda Independent