Dream come true as Rian (7) gets VIP tour of the Aviva
It was a dream come true for one young Irish fan when he prepared the dressing room for the Boys in Green last night.
Rian McEntaggat, from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, got the VIP treatment at the Aviva before Ireland took to the pitch to take on world champions Germany.
The seven-year-old was the envy of every young footballer in the country when he got the day off school to help arrange the dressing rooms.
Rian's uncle, David Dennehy, won the behind-the-scenes tour of the Lansdowne Road venue in a competition run by mobile phone provider Three.
Rian's parents, Adrian and Grace, missed out on the once-in-a lifetime opportunity as they were busy working.
But David accompanied him during the access-all-areas tour.
"I downloaded the app and Three gave me a phone call on Monday to say I won the tickets, said David.
"I couldn't believe it. The tour was a great experience.
"At first I didn't realise what was happening, but when we got into the stadium we couldn't believe it.
"The Aviva is a great stadium and it was unbelievable going on the VIP tour."
The Corkman said he and Rian were treated to a tour of the dressing rooms, media office and the seat from where President Michael D Higgins watches the game.
"They walked us around everywhere that you could think of," he said.
"Rian was gobsmacked - he didn't know what to say. He just couldn't believe it.
"He didn't open his mouth going around the stadium, but when we got to the car afterwards he couldn't stop talking about how good it was - he was hyper!"
Rian was exhausted following the big game last night, but he said his favourite player has always been Robbie Keane, who began the match on the bench.