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02nd Jun 2018

Michael D. Higgins pens heartwarming tribute to John O’Shea

Carl Kinsella

RTÉ Irish Sign Language

It’s the end of an era for Ireland and John O’Shea.

This evening, John O’Shea will line-out for Ireland for the 117th and final time, bringing to the end a fantastic Ireland career.

Football fan and President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has written a typically classy tribute letter to honour the Waterford man ahead of his final appearance.

“John O’Shea has been a tremendous representative for Ireland, over the 22 years that he has played for Ireland, 17 of which were at senior level.

“Since winning the UEFA U16 European Championships in 1998, and his debut in the senior team in 2001, John O’Shea has been one of the most inspirational, committed and admired members of our national teams.

“Only a handful of players have been chosen to represent Ireland on more than 100 occasions, and with 117 caps John is in extremely good company on that list of greats.

“On behalf of all Irish football fans, I want to thank John for all he has given to Irish football, and I wish him continuing success, not only in his footballing life, but also in his future endeavours.

“I wish both him and Yvonne, and their children Alfie and Ruby continued happiness and good health.”

Higgins has also confirmed that he will be in attendance at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium tonight as Ireland take on the USA.