Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ireland players give fans the 'shirts off their backs'

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

THREE home-team fans scored the ultimate prize when Irish international soccer stars turned up at their door unannounced to literally give them the shirts off their backs.

Shane Long was the star attraction in Finglas, Dublin, after knocking on 12-year-old David Milne's front door to personally deliver the new Irish jersey.

"Shane gave us the wrong-sized jersey but they're sending out a smaller one by courier this evening," David senior said.

"We had great banter with the players when they turned up outside; the lads were great with David and he's just over the moon.

"He's mad about football and is a big follower of the Irish team."

Green fever also spread to Portmarnock in north Dublin where Adam Grouse received his own special delivery. The jersey will be worn for the first time by the Irish team when they take on Germany in Friday's a World Cup qualifier.

Meanwhile, Paul McShane, Jonathan Walters, John O'Shea and Keith Andrews took time out from training to team up with sick children at Temple Street Hospital in Dublin.

They worked their way around the wards to spend time with children suffering from long-term and life-threatening illnesses.

Irish Independent

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