IRELAND skipper Seamus Coleman has donated over £1,800 to an Irish fan to achieve his dream of watching his Everton heroes.
Francis Conmy, 36, who has Asperger’s syndrome, travelled to Liverpool from Athlone for Everton's game against Hadjuk Split last week – but sadly fell ill and could not attend the match.
Francis came down with a vomiting bug on the eve of the Europe League tie and was very upset about not making it to Goodison Park.
The visit was arranged as a surprise by his friend Eoin Mulligan, who set up an online fundraising campaign to give Francis another chance of getting to a game.
True to form Eoin did not want to leave Francis’ side and they both missed Everton’s 2-0 victory together.
Everton star Coleman – who is currently recovering from a double leg break – stepped in to help at the weekend.
Donating €2,000 – around £1,800 – Seamus wrote: “Sorry you couldn’t make it to the game Francis. I hope you’re feeling better now.
“Hopefully this helps get you and Eoin your flights and accommodation for another game and I’m sure the club will look after you as always. Seamie Coleman.”
It is just the latest random act of kindness by Donegal native Coleman, who is known for his generosity and recently donated £8,000 to a group of Everton supporters who cycled from Sligo to Goodison Park.
Reacting on Facebook, Eoin wrote: “I am literally speechless. Not only is Seamus an inspiration to thousands of people across Ireland but he is also one of Francis' favourite players of all time.
“The fact that someone of Seamus stature could reach out like this and help someone says a lot about his character. These last few days have proved to me the world is a lot brighter of a place than we think.
“I only hope we can meet in person so I can show you how much this has meant to me. You are a modern-day hero. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Eoin said any money left over would be given to Aspire, a charity which helps people with Asperger’s syndrome in Ireland.