Seamus Coleman welcomes young Everton fan to Goodison after donating £5,000 to make his dream come true
Ireland captain and Everton right-back Seamus Coleman has welcomed seven-year-old Toffees fan Daire Flanagan to Goodison Park after Flanagan's family were able to raise enough money to send Daire over to watch the Toffees take on Watford last Friday.
Flanagan, who was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterised by the premature fusion of certain skull bones, was able to meet Coleman before the game after an online fundraising campaign was set up so that Daire and his family could fly over and see Everton play at Goodison in what was the club's final home game of the season.
The campaign raised a total of £7,220 to make Daire's trip possible with Coleman generously donating £5000 to the cause.
In March 2016, Seamus Coleman donated £5,000 to help a miraculous young Evertonian get to Goodison. On Friday, Daire's dream came true...Posted by Everton Football Club on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Speaking of his donation, Coleman told Everton Football Club: "Some stories touch me more than others, and that just happened to be one.
"I know they’re trying to raise some money. When footballers get involved and donate money, it raises the publicity of it all. That’s what I done and more people got involved.
"Daire’s dream came true really. He’s going to get to the game tonight, which makes me happy and I’m sure makes Daire and his family happy."
Flanagan and his family also had the opportunity to meet Everton players Brendan Galloway, Joel Robles and Phil Jagielka, who brought Daire out on to the pitch with him for the pre-match pleasantries.
Jags and our special guest Daire lead out the Blues for the final time this season at Goodison. We hope you've had a great day, Daire! Posted by Everton Football Club on Friday, May 12, 2017
| @joelroblesb has a personal matchday gift for our special guest upon arriving at Goodison. Have a great evening, Daire! #COYB This is Class........Posted by Everton FC 1878 on Friday, May 12, 2017
To donate or get in contact with the Daire Flanagan campaign you can do so here.