Local community gets set for Euro 2012 showdown: Part 4

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Brendan, pictured with his niece Caitlin, is excited about Euro 2012

In the final part of the Newry Times Euro 2012 special we’ve caught up with another local lad who will be making the trip in just over two weeks to Poland and Ukraine. Brendan Morgan (24), from the Windmill Road area of Newry came back from Australia just so he could get to the big tournament.

Despite Ireland being in the group of death, Brendan thinks a spot in the last 8 of the competition is ‘a cert’. “Spain don’t have the hunger, Italy don’t have the class and Croatia are going to be our toughest opponent. If we beat them in the first game then the quarter finals are a cert!”

Like all the other local lads that Newry Times has spoken to over this past week, this is Brendan’s first tournament but it is a journey he will be making alone. He is unsure about who he will travel with but he remains optimistic that he will find somebody to accompany him. He continued, “A lot of people are trying to make the trip but money-wise they can’t. I am meeting Mark McCormack from Newry over there for the Italy match though.”

Brendan insists he has only spent ‘a couple of hundred quid’ on tickets and travel but he acknowledged that paying for accommodation once he touches down in Poland might be costly. “The accommodation will be the biggest chunk of money so I’ll be taking my tent,” he quipped. Spending money will prove to be another financial headache for Brendan but he maintains that he will bring “as much as possible, no matter how much I have to spend on the booze.”

If dreams came true. Brendan showed us what popular game Football Manager predicted when he played it recently

Brendan’s hero in the Irish squad is much-traveled striker and record Irish goalscorer Robbie Keane. He continued, “Keane has been my hero for as long as I can remember and he always comes up with the goods for Ireland!”

“I will do anything if Ireland win Euro 2012″, laughs Brendan. “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Ireland to win, you name it I will do it. I’ll be back in Newry running around the streets like a mad man and probably will never frown again because the smile will be permanent!”

He added, “I’m hoping no matter where people are watching the games that they are green and loud and have a lot to cheer about. It has been 10 years and we need some good times back in Ireland, some excuse to party for a change! It’s my 25th birthday during the Euros…exactly 10 years after we last played Spain in 2002 when I turned 15 and this time we will win!”

Related articles:

Local community gets set for Euro 2012 showdown: Part 1

Local community gets set for Euro 2012 showdown: Part 2

Local community gets set for Euro 2012 showdown: Part 3


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