Delayed Irish father and son manage to make it to Bordeaux in time
A NINE year-old boy was among hundreds of worried Irish fans in a dash to make the kick-off in Bordeaux after their plane failed to turn up at Dublin airport this morning but he and his father made it to the stadium in time for the big game.
They've made it!
Little Donnacha Mac Maolain was on a dream trip with dad Caomhin for his ninth birthday.
They booked the Euro 2016 day trip as a replacement for a previous match outing to see Celtic which was cancelled during Storm Desmond.
But the dad and son were among hundreds of fans who arrived for the 7.00am Abbey-Club charter flight only to be told there was no plane due to a technical problem.
The travel operators drafted in a plane from Lisbon but it didn't lift off out of Dublin until 10.30am.
The fans are now in the air but face a desperate dash to get through passport control and security at Bordeaux to make kick-off time for the crunch game.
Caomhin told the Sunday World: "We got very nervous when we arrived and saw there was a bit of a delay. Then saw there was a further delay and started to get very anxious at that stage.
"We knew the calculations and factored in flight times, security, passport checks…hopefully we get there by 1 but we are very nervous at this stage, very anxious.
“We are looking forward to this for a long time yeah.
Anxious fans including Caomhin and Donncha MacMaolain wait for their delayed flight at Dublin airport today ahead of Ireland's game with Belgium
“We were going to a match in Glasgow in December during Storm Desmond so we sat on the tarmac in Dublin for three hours and the plane never took off. The game was cancelled as well. So this was to make up for it. This was a ninth birthday present
"It’s Donncha's first time on a plane. His first time going to match abroad so hopefully we get there. We booked it six months ago and he’s been counting down the days. When I come home from work he says dad only 43 days to go..42 days to go. He’s been getting very excited over last few days.