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Saturday 3 December 2016

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane visit Temple Street and it's just what the doctor ordered

Roy Keane with Santa Ture, age 7 months, from Drogheda, Co. Louth
Roy Keane with Santa Ture, age 7 months, from Drogheda, Co. Louth
Roy Keane with Calvin Cleary, age 8
Roy Keane with Calvin Cleary, age 8
Pictured are Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with assistant manager Roy Keane and Adam Farrell, age 10 from Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane dropped in at Temple Street Children's Hospital - and it proved to be just what the doctor orderd for patients.

Young soccer fans were delighted to see the sporting legends ahead of tomorrow's crucial European qualifier against Scotland.

Both O'Neill and Keane said it was a pleasure paying a visit and praised the staff at the hospital.

"We thoroughly enjoy meeting the patients. We are always taken aback by the hard work and positivity of the staff," the Ireland boss said. "The work they do each day is fantastic."

Calvin Cleary (8) from Dublin and Adam Farrell (10) from Dunboyne, Co Meath were just some of the lucky patients who got to meet and spend quality time with the pair.

Far from the feared hardman of his playing days, Keane found time to brighten up the day of Jack Kelly Smyth (14) from Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath as he signed his Ireland shirt.

The management duo made the visit in conjunction with the SportsWorld FAI Summer Soccer Schools, who have chosen Temple Street as their charity of the year.

SportsWorld, part of the Heatons group, are also title sponsor of the FAI Summer Soccer Schools.

One euro donations can be made to Temple Street Children's Hospital when booking a summer camp online at www.summersoccerschools.ie

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