A primary school in Cork city received a massive surprise this week when Manchester United and Ireland legend Denis Irwin paid a visit.
Second class pupils at Togher Boys’ National School sent an email to Man United’s in-house television channel MUTV recently, in the hope that it would be passed onto Irwin, a former pupil of the school.
Not only did Irwin reply to the invite, but the former full-back accepted the invite and appeared at the school this week for an interview conducted by two young students before meeting the rest of the schoolchildren at a larger assembly.
Despite leaving Ireland to join Leeds United in 1983, Irwin has always remained staunchly proud of his Cork roots. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Arts by UCC in 2012, and with a record of seven Premier League winners’ medals, three FA Cups and a Champions League (in the famous treble-winning side of 1999), the 51-year-old is one of the most decorated sportspeople to have emerged from the county.
In that regard, the advice that he gave to the pupils of Togher BNS will undoubtedly be invaluable to them going forward, especially if they plan on following in his illustrious footsteps.