Steven Gerrard brings some early Christmas glee to Irish fans
Christmas came early for hundreds of Irish fans who got up close and personal with their football idol, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
The soccer star jetted into the capital yesterday to sign copies of his new book for around 500 adoring supporters.
They were the lucky ones - nearly 6,000 people applied for tickets to the signing at Eason on O'Connell Street.
As well as his native Liverpool, Dublin was the only other location chosen by Gerrard for the signing of his new book, My Story.
"It is a sign of his huge popularity that he decided to come here and it has been our most eagerly-anticipated book signing," Eason Group head of marketing Brendan Corbett told the Herald.
One young fan was so overcome after meeting the Liverpool legend that he burst into tears when he was greeted by the LA Galaxy footballer.
Six-year-old Oran Waters from Blanchardstown had turned out in his best Liverpool gear for the occasion and was left speechless following the meeting. His dad said he was an "avid fan" of the 35-year-old footballer.
"My dad supports Manchester United, but I am the biggest Liverpool fan so he had to bring me," said Conor Mahon (9) from Tallaght.
Lucan native Sarah Kazmi (10) was also excited to meet Gerrard.
The dad-of-three jetted into Dublin yesterday for the signing and spent two hours signing copies of his book and taking selfies with fans before he left for a flight to Britain.