Thursday 18 January 2018

Meet Erin McClean - James' proud wife and mother of their three children

Erin McClean, wife of James McClean, prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Erin McClean, wife of James McClean, prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Erin McClean, wife of James McClean, prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
James and Erin McClean with their daughter Willow Ivy in August. Picture: Twitter
Irish International James McClean and partner Erin O'Connor. (North West Newspix)
James McClean and fiancée Erin Connor
James McClean and wife Erin as they leave the church in Derry. Picture: North West Newspix
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

There was one picture that summed up the joy of Ireland's victory against Wales to ensure we qualified for the World Cup play-offs: James McClean embracing his wife Erin.

After scoring the winning goal at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday night, all eyes were on Erin, the mother of three and long-term partner of the Derry footballer. The couple wed in suitably lavish style in 2016, exchanging vows at St Columb's Church, Co Derry, before descending on the private Drenagh Estate for a plush reception with family and friends.

Theirs has been a romance that has spanned seven years and three children - Erin recently gave birth to their third child Willow Ivy in August, a little sister for their eldest daughter Allie (four) and James Jr (two), who are still too little to see their dad play in person.

Erin, a nursing graduate, prefers life away from the spotlight, but is vocal on social media about supporting her husband. In 2015, she gave a rare, and brief, interview speaking about her parenting routine, alongside the couple's best friend Rory Kelly, who revealed McClean had his eye on his now-wife "for quite awhile" before working up the courage to speak to her at a Derry nightclub in 2010.

"We were in the Metro nightclub in Derry when he saw Erin," Rory told the Irish Daily Star at the time. "I think he had his eye on her for quite a while." The West Brom player is dedicated to the cause of representing the Republic of Ireland - the newlyweds famously postponed their honeymoon so he could focus on Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

James McClean and wife Erin as they leave the church in Derry. Picture: North West Newspix
James McClean and wife Erin as they leave the church in Derry. Picture: North West Newspix

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