Sunday 18 March 2018

Video: Seamus Coleman oozes class as he returns to a jubilant Killybegs

Seamus Coleman showed pride as Ireland captain
Seamus Coleman showed pride as Ireland captain

Harry Clarke

Seamus Coleman was given a hero's welcome in Killybegs last night and he responded with class on his return home following Ireland's Euro 2016 journey.

Coleman captained his country against Italy and France and the whole town of Killybegs turned out as he came home last night with the player himself signing autographs and taking pictures with fans until the early hours of this morning.

The Everton defender's hero status was raised a notch following the tournament when he showed true passion in the green jersey while he wore the captain's armband.

Coleman was praised for his patience with the huge crowds who turned out in Donegal.

"It's near 1.30 am and Seamie Coleman is still signing autographs,posing for photographs as up on 2 000 fans and friends turn out to welcome home their hometown hero. A proud night for Killybegs," wrote Matt Britton on Facebook.

Coleman himself was full of praise for the Irish fans following the team's exit at the last 16 stage against host nation France.

"I just felt like it was there for us today, the fans were unbelievable. We would have loved to go a bit further for them but we hope we made people proud because our fans are amazing and everybody back home is amazing," he said.

"We're just disappointed we couldn't see it out.

"There was a big deal made of the ticket allocation and hat not... we only had a little corner of the ground and they were so loud. They were so positive towards us at the end. There is a special bond between the fans and the players.

"First half we played well but we couldn't keep the door closed and as I say, we're disappointed.

"You don't want to make excuses, they had more time to prepare and rest but I don't want to make excuses, we gave it our all, and our energy levels probably did drop but it was just a shame that we couldn't get another goal.

"We're disappointed now so it's hard to think of highlights of the tournament but Robbie Brady's goal in Wednesday's game is, I'm sure, something that the fans will remember when the dust settles but at this minute, we're all disappointed."

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