Kids get a chance to meet Ireland hero James McClean

Ireland soccer stars James McClean and Shane Duffy celebrating their homecoming from Euro 2016 with friends in the Silver Street Bar Derry on Tuesday evening last. DER2616GS024
Ireland soccer stars James McClean and Shane Duffy celebrating their homecoming from Euro 2016 with friends in the Silver Street Bar Derry on Tuesday evening last. DER2616GS024

Derry children will get the chance to meet one of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 heroes, James McClean tomorrow (Friday) in a specially arranged, ‘meet and greet’ at the Bay Road Soccer Centre from 1 p.m.

The West Brom winger, who played a key role in the Republic’s famous 1-0 victory over four times world champions, Italy in the final Group E game in Lille, will be in attendance and will pose for ‘selfies’ and sign autographs at the Bay Road venue.

McClean was many pundits’ ‘man of the match’ in that dramatic victory over the Italians which saw them progress as one the best third placed teams. And while the last 16 tie against hosts proved a step too far for Martin O’Neill’s brave troops, despite an early Robbie Brady penalty kick giving them hope of an unlikely victory, Derry men, McClean and Shane Duffy emerged from the tournament with their reputations greatly enhanced.

And now Ireland fans can get the chance to meet McClean and ask him about his European Championship experience. So come along for a photograph and possibly a kickabout with the popular Creggan man.