Skipper Coleman returns to hero's
REPUBLIC of Ireland
captain Seamus Coleman returned to a hero's welcome
in his native Donegal last night.
Hundreds of people from throughout the county
thronged the streets of Killybegs to welcome Coleman
home and acknowledge the Irish squad's strong
performances in the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer
Fresh on their minds was "the one that got away"
against hosts France on Sunday and the brilliant,
first-half performance from an Irish team that will
live long in the nation's collective memory.
Killybegs Community Council kept everyone up to date
on social media with Coleman's estimated time of
arrival after the team touched down at Dublin
Airport earlier in the afternoon.
The local man
eventually arrived and was joined by wife Rachel as
he carried their five-month old baby daughter Lilly
through the streets led by the local marching band.
He told the crowds he was "so proud to be from
Killybegs, to be from Donegal".
"I havenít changed over the years, the same player,
same determination from my Gaelic days to my soccer
days," he said.
And the popular Everton right back didn't disappoint
the fans as he signed autographs into the early
hours at the local Bayview Hotel.