As Ireland prepares to welcome Iceland to Dublin tomorrow night, one young man in particular will be preparing to make an entrance at the Aviva Stadium. Andrew Whelan from Stradbally has received #TheCallUp from his sporting hero, Robbie Brady and will help lead the team out as Ireland’s mascot for the game.
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For Christmas, Andrew got the present of a lifetime from Santa Claus; two tickets to see his football idol Robbie Brady line out for Norwich against Cardiff City. But just days before the game, Robbie completed a transfer to Premier League side Burnley.
Last week, at the team hotel, Robbie surprised Andrew with his own Ireland jersey and gave him #TheCallUp to be a mascot for Republic of Ireland vs Iceland on Tuesday night.
A clearly shell-shocked Andrew was delighted to meet his hero and is looking forward to the game on Tuesday.