Saturday 16 November 2019

Cody (10) gets seat in Robbie's personal box

Cody Nolan (10) from Wexford, who suffers with cystic fibrosis, with his mother
Michelle, brother Kyle and sisters Victoria, who also has CF, and Kelsey at the Ireland v Poland match at the Aviva stadium in Dublin
Cody Nolan (10) from Wexford, who suffers with cystic fibrosis, with his mother Michelle, brother Kyle and sisters Victoria, who also has CF, and Kelsey at the Ireland v Poland match at the Aviva stadium in Dublin
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A ticket to watch an Ireland game is the ultimate treat at any age - but a seat in Robbie Keane's personal box and a chance to meet him and the Irish team afterwards is the stuff dreams are made of.

But that's just what happened to 10-year-old Cody Nolan last night when he teamed up with his "best friend", the Ireland striker.

Cody, who has cystic fibrosis and is a keen footballer with St Fiacc's club in Graiguecullen, hit it off with Robbie on one of his many visits to Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin.

The first time they met, Robbie gave him his training jersey. On the third time, Cody told him that he had watched him play - and saw him score a hat-trick.

Robbie promptly invited him to the Ireland-Poland game at the Aviva.

What he didn't tell Cody - from Graiguecullen, Co Carlow - was that he also had a special surprise in store - a chance to meet the Irish side afterwards.

His mother, Michelle, brought Cody to the match last night along with his sister Kelsey (18) who also has CF, his sister Victoria (11) and brother Kyle (21).

"It's amazing because these are memories he will always have," she said of Cody's magical night.

Michelle said he had been bitterly disappointed to miss Robbie's visit to Crumlin with LA Galaxy in February. And Cody was the first person Robbie looked for when he arrived.

"But he said: 'It's OK mammy because I'm one of Robbie Keane's best friends'," Michelle said. "They just sort of clicked from the start," she said. "They get on great and chat away together. Robbie is so good to him."

Speaking about Cody she said: "He's very brave and that's what Robbie always tells him - to take it all in your stride." Nicola Anderson

Irish Independent

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