Wexford Hurler Makes Young Fan’s Day With Sound Gesture

Paudie Foley, who has recently made himself available for selection for the Wexford Senior hurling panel, has made a young fan’s day…

The story of young Shelborune FC player, Addison Whelan, grabbed headlines on Thursday evening.

Following the Republic of Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Portugal, eleven year old Addison Whelan ran onto the pitch at the Aviva Stadium and straight to Manchester United FC superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.

During the interaction, Ronaldo gave the young girl his jersey.

A story, told by the Geraldine O Hanrahan’s Coiste na nÓg chairman, Pat Wickham, highlighted how we don’t have to look too far to find some local superstars in their own right here in Wexford.

“The Cristiano Ronaldo story… goes to show that even the greatest of a superstar realises how important it is to appreciate young girls and boys and show them respect and be role models for them,” the story started.

“Here at Geraldine O Hanrahans Coiste na nOg we have our own story to tell. Last Saturday as his club Crossabeg Ballymurn were preparing to play a county football final in O Kennedy Park, Wexford hurling star Paudie Foley was approached by our U-13 player Robbie Kehoe for a bit of craic and banter.

After the chat, Robbie gave Paudie his address asking for some signed sliotars and maybe even a training top. Did it end there? Well, Paudie played his match and guided his club to a county final but did not forget the young man who had chatted with him.

On Wednesday morning, the postman arrived with sliotars, a Wexford shorts, a training top, and a quarter zip — all of which were signed. Robbie obviously made an impression on Paudie, and now Robbie has even more respect than he had for Paudie.

The superstars do not just play in Old Trafford and the Aviva; they play in O Kennedy Park and give their time to kids like Robbie Kehoe and others.

A superstar, right on our doorstep.” the story ended.

This weekend, Paudie Foley and his Crossabeg-Ballymurn team-mates were promoted to the Senior Football ranks. It has been a remarkable decade for Crossabeg/Ballymurn GAA club. In 2011, they were playing Junior B Football and Junior Hurling and after their exploits in the 2021 championship, they’ll be playing Senior in both codes.

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