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Hero FAI boss lands tickets for Aoife to watch Ireland game

IRELAND fan Aoife Sherry is celebrating today after FAI boss John Delaney secured her two tickets to their first match against Croatia.

Aoife (30), from Saggart, was resigned to watching Ireland's first match at home.

She had already secured tickets for Ireland's matches against Italy and Spain for their European Championships quest, but was set to miss out on the team's opening game on June 10.

Upon hearing of Aoife's plight, the FAI boss stepped in and assured Aoife he would secure her tickets.

Delaney made his promise shortly after Aoife met Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni for coffee in Montecatini, the Italian town where the Irish team are training.

Aoife and her friend Michelle, from Kilnamanagh, were flown over to meet Trap after winning a Boylesport competition.

"We met with Trap for half an hour and John Delaney was there. Afterwards, we chatted with John.

"I told him that we had booked our flights to Poland and that we had tickets for the matches against Italy and Spain but we were unable to get tickets for Croatia.

"He told us that he would sort that out for us and get us two tickets. He said that it was always nice to help out real Irish supporters.

"We're absolutely delighted," Aoife told the Herald.

Aoife, a Shamrock Rovers and Manchester United fan, goes to all of Ireland's home matches.

"The minute they qualified for the Euros, I knew I was going. I have a friend who is Polish and have been there before so we knew that we had to go," Aoife said.

"We were resigned to watching the Croatian match at home and had booked our flights accordingly.

"So now we have to change our flights and figure out where we're going to stay -- but we're absolutely delighted to go to the match.

And Aoife and Michelle also got the inside track on the championship from Trap.

"He believes we can win it -- he was talking about the final," Aoife told the Herald.

"He's a lovely man -- he's very interesting," she added.