Dream come true for young Mayo Man – Donnchadh lifts Sam Maguire!

Posted in Connect on September 30, 2015.

Whilst the Mayo team will have to wait another year for their chance to get their hands on the Sam Maguire it was a different story for young Donnchadh Mannion from Ballyheane, Castlebar, whose dream came through when he got to lift the cup.

Donnchadh, who will be four next month got an early birthday present when the Dublin team visited Our Lady’s Hospital for sick children in Crumlin, Dublin last week. Dublin manager Jim Gavin along with players Bernard Brogan, Jack McCaffrey, Phillip McMahon, Denis Bastick and Brian Fenton called to the hospital where young Donnchadh managed to live many a Mayo fans dream by lifting the Sam Maguire.

Donnchadh is a big Mayo fan and his favourite player is Ballintubber’s Cillian O’Connor. He was at both semi-finals between Dublin and Mayo with his parents Nigel and Karen. Donnchadh hopes to one day get his hands on Sam Maguire as a member of the winning Mayo team.

“Donnchadh had a early fourth birthday when he got to lift the Sam and he also told Jim Gavin and Bernard Brogan that the Mayo boys will be back,” Donnchadh’s father Nigel Mannion told The Mayo News.
“The lads were great and played football with Donnchadh, it’s just a pity he didn’t have his mayo jersey with him,” added Nigel. “He has bounced back and is getting better thanks to all medical staff in Crumlin, it was a credit to Jim Gavin and team to take time out and spend it with all the sick children in Crumlin Hospital,” added Nigel.

Source: Mayo News

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