Conahy girl Rebeckah Heary will have the best seat in the house when Ireland clash with world champions Spain in tomorrow’s European Championship group game.
The fifteen-year-old will be a flag bearer on the big day, parading out onto the Polish pitch holding the Tricolour aloft. Rebecca, who is in second year at Castlecomer Community School, will flew out to Gdansk today with her mother Breda.
“I’ll definitely be nervous, but I’ll be more excited than nervous,” said Rebeckah.
“It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this.”
The Heary family spent last Friday afternoon at the James Stephens military barracks in Kilkenny City, where Rebecca received expert advice on how to correctly bear the Irish flag in ceremony. Lieutenant James O’ Neill and Captain Olive O’ Sullivan of the 3rd Infantry Battalion were on hand with the helpful instructions.
“It will be such a great honour for her – any Irish person would love to carry their country’s flag on the international stage,” said her mother Breda.
Her father Frank, as well as her little sister, will be sitting at home proudly watching Rebeckah on the television.
While Rebeckah is at the match, Breda will be given a sight-seeing tour of the city. The two will return home to Kilkenny on Friday evening, after their three day adventure in the Polish capital.
Rebeckah is one of four lucky teenagers to have won the flag-bearing opportunity in a competition to take part in the Coca-Cola Flag Team International Programme through their local Eurospar.