Soccer Star Robbie Keane Cheers Up Tralee Boy At Crumlin Hospital

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Young Martin Quilligan from Tralee receives a visit from soccer star Robbie Keane and his LA Galaxy team-mates yesterday in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin yesterday.

A TRALEE boy was among those visited by Ireland striker Robbie Keane and his LA Galaxy teammates yesterday at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin…and it really made his day!

Eight-year-old Martin Quilligan from Tralee, who is being treated at the Dublin hospital, met with the Irish soccer legend and his team-mates, who were there as part of a fundraising campaign for the hospital. He even appeared on RTE’s Six-One News last night with the stars.

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“Oh, they made his day,” said his aunt, Sharon Quilligan. “He wasn’t expecting it at all and he’s still talking about it. He’s a big Man Utd fan so he loves his football,” said Sharon.

Martin, son of Martin and Tara Quilligan, is from the Mitchels area and was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in November. The third class pupil in Moyderwell is undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital at the moment.

“They stayed chatting to him for a while and they signed t-shirts and teddy bears for him so he was delighted. It’ll be a milestone for him,” said Sharon.

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While there, Robbie Keane handed over a cheque for $50,000 to the hospital donated by the American sponsor of his team, LA Galaxy.

Keane was also in town along with fellow players from the ‘Galaxy’ as part of their pre-season training.

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