London Irish boy, 4, collects UEFA football fan award and meets his Republic of Ireland hero Seamus Coleman
Irish Post Article 7th October 2016
THE youngest member of the London Republic of Ireland Supporters’ club (RISSC London) has received a UEFA award for contributing to the success of Euro 2016.
UEFA, European football’s governing body, awarded several Ireland fans for an ‘outstanding contribution’ to the event, one of which was London-born four-year-old Cian Prendergast, who also had the pleasure of meeting goal-hero Seamus Coleman following the 1-0 win over Georgia.
The match took place last night at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and, remarkably, it was the youngster’s 34th Ireland game.
Although the match itself was largely underwhelming, both father and son had an evening to remember.
“Cian had a great time, we really enjoyed it,” said his father Martin, who is secretary of the London Republic of Ireland Supporters’ club. “The players were really warm and great with Cian. He was delighted to meet Coleman, the goalscorer. “He got a lovely medal; it’s quite solid with a little inscription on the back of it, it’s a really lovely keepsake.“In fact, I’ve had to take it off him to stop him running about with it everywhere!”
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) covered the cost of their flights to Dublin and the trip was a doddle for Cian, who became an internet hit in the summer for his rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann at the Sweden game in Euro 2016.
“He’s quite used to the travelling now after going to all four games at the Euros, and all the other members know him now so they look after him too,” said Martin, who is keen to recruit more young members to the club.
“We’ve got a great mix of ages in the club,” he added, “but we’re trying to get a few younger people involved.
“I’m hoping, with the Euros still fresh in peoples’ minds, some younger lads who have just come over for work or university or whatever will want to join.
“A lot of young lads do go to the games but aren’t members of the club, but it would be nice to get them signed up and we can help with their transport costs through our commercial deal with CityJet, who give us 10 per cent off flight costs for games.”
This article appeared in The Irish Post October 2016, and on irishpost.co.uk
London-born Cian Prendergast selected to accept Ireland fans’ award from UEFA
Irish Post Article 29th September 2016
FOUR-YEAR-OLD Cian Prendergast of London Republic of Ireland Supporters Club (RISSC London) is among a selection of fans to be presented with a commemorative plaque at this week’s World Cup Qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.
The UEFA Executive Committee have decided to give an award to the Republic of Ireland for the outstanding contribution of their supporters in making Euro 2016 a success, with an array of hand-picked fans set to accept the accolade.
Cian and his father Martin, who will also attend the presentation, are both members of London Ireland Supporters Club and regularly travel from London to Ireland games home and abroad, including the Euros.
A video of London-born youngster Cian belting out Amhrán na bhFiann in the Stade de France ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 opener against Sweden went viral online during the summer.
“He is really excited and hopes to meet Shane Long, his favourite player,” Cian’s father Martin told The Irish Post.
“He’s been singing the ‘Shane Long’s on fire’ song ever since we told him of the invitation. He thinks he will score and Ireland will beat Georgia.
“Thanks to the FAI, John Delaney and Gerry Reardon for thinking of the young supporters who are the future of Ireland’s support and I hope more young people will be able to attend domestic and international games to get behind Irish football.”
Football Association of Ireland CEO, John Delaney, hailed the impact of Republic supporters made at Euro 2016 ahead of this week’s presentation.
He said: “The supporters selected to receive the award are perfect ambassadors and I look forward to the ceremony at the Aviva Stadium.”
Watch Cian’s memorable effort at Amhrán na bhFiann below:
— Martin Prendergast (@PrendyM) June 14, 2016
This article appeared in The Irish Post September 2016, and on irishpost.co.uk
WATCH: Four-year-old Ireland fan is internet hit with national anthem rendition
Irish Post Article 16th June 2016
LONDON-BORN four-year-old Ireland fan Cian Prendergast has become an internet sensation for his impressive rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann at Euro 2016.
As a season ticket holder at the Aviva Stadium and a member of the London branch of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporter’s Club (RISSC London), Cian is strong contender for Ireland’s number one fan at the Euros.
Such were his exploits at the Sweden game in Paris, the youngster was picked up by the big screens inside Stade de France as well as featuring on BBC’s end credits after the game.
His father, Secretary of RISSC Martin Prendergast, is now on a mission to get the Ireland players to see his son’s passionate rendition of the national anthem ahead of Ireland’s last two group games against Belgium and Italy.
He told The Irish Post: “Cian’s coming with me to the Italy game next week and he asked me if the players would see it, so I said I’d see what I can do!”
— Martin Prendergast (@PrendyM) June 14, 2016
This article appeared in The Irish Post June 2016, and on irishpost.co.uk
Scan of Irish World Article 31st Jan 2015
Nb. the article contained an error, the “winners” pictured (bottom left) were in fact the “runners-up” the club’s full report of the night can be read here
THE Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (RISSC) London held its 30th Anniversary dinner dance at the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood.
Irish Post Article 14th October 2014
Around 200 members and their guests attended and among those present were Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Football Association of Ireland CEO John Delaney and former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland footballer Tony Galvin.
Many of those who were at the very first meeting of the RISSC London, which took place at the Prince of Wales Feathers pub in Warren Street in 1984, were present for the 30th anniversary celebrations, including our photographer Malcolm McNally.
There was much reminiscing on the night of the many trips made following the Boys in Green over those 30 years, as well as plans made for future games. All enjoyed a great evening.
Pictures by Malcolm McNally
This article appeared in The Irish Post October 2014, and on irishpost.co.uk