Ireland’s Bundee Aki and Peter O’Mahony had a special surprise for a young fan who sang a wonderful rendition of Ireland’s Call.
Sports-mad Stevie Mulrooney, who plays U8 rugby for Kilkenny RFC, was appearing on The Late Late Toy Show hosted by Patrick Kielty.
The youngster was singing the national anthem with incredible gusto when he was joined on stage by O’Mahony and Aki.
“Best day of my life”
“This is the best day of my life,” Stevie said afterwards, before adding: “I felt scared because they were massive,” when speaking to Sunday World.
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Stevie’s dad, Seamus, explained why it took his son a bit of time to realise that a couple of Ireland stars had joined him on stage.
“Peter normally grows a bit of a beard before playing a rugby match, so he looked different,” he said.
“When Stevie spotted the two guys it threw him off key because he usually finishes that song really strong.
“Normally he’s good on the finish and hits the high notes. But you couldn’t blame him because he was sort of starstruck.”
Social media reaction
It warmed the hearts of those on social media, who praised Stevie for his rendition, as well as loving the moment when O’Mahony and Aki walked out.
One user on X, formerly know as Twitter, wrote: “This broke me…after a number of tough days in a Dublin school…I was bawling with this. Just brilliant.”
Another added: “Proud Irish boy and we all needed a bit of that right now.”
Some believe that Stevie should be invited to the next Ireland international and sing the anthem over the tannoy.
“I think that young lad should go on the pitch next to the team with a microphone and belt that out, great big voice he has, brilliant,” one person wrote.
His voice clearly impressed viewers, with another adding: “I am so impressed by this young lad. It’s the most powerful version of this song I have ever heard. Well done.”