Fifteen-year-old Ardagh soccer ace Daryl Carrigy could make his début appearance for the Republic of Ireland U15s this week in their friendly game against Belgium this week.
Daryl, who is currently studying for his Junior Cert at St Mel’s College, is the son of Séan and Martina Carrigy and the eldest of five siblings including brothers, Aaron and Joseph and sisters Petrina and Lauren.
The emerging Longford star, who has been playing football since he was three years old, was selected for the Ireland squad after being scouted while playing for his club Stella Maris FC in Drumcondra, Dublin. It was after his participation in a number of trials that he was subsequently selected to the Irish panel.
The local lad is gaining a reputation as a predatory striker and has travelled in recent times to Europe, England, Scotland and Wales with his team Stella Maris FC participating in various tournaments including the Kennedy Cup Premier and the U12 Lough Lomand Cup in Scotland.
He has also been a member of the Longford Emerging Talent Squad which has been going from strength to strength since its inception a number of years ago.
Speaking to the Leader this week ahead of his selection to the Irish Soccer Squad, Daryl said that he was “very excited” about the game and held ambitions to become a professional footballer in the years ahead.
“The trials and the whole set up there is unreal,” said Daryl. “It’s football at the highest level and I’m loving every minute of it.
“At first I was picked as standby for the trip to Finland, even that felt weird being so close to playing.
“When the letter came that I had made the U15 Ireland squad to play Belgium, it felt amazing. Just looking at the letter had me in shock.
“I’ve always wanted to be a professional footballer and I still do. Since I started playing with Stella Maris I now think it genuinely can be done with hard work.”
Daryl’s mother Martina is every bit as excited as her son about his game this week. “He has been soccer mad since he was about three years old,” she said.
“It is so great to see him get this far, especially when he loves the sport so much. Daryl played with Ardagh United in U11, 12, 13 and 14 and he has been mentored by Denis O’Brien for the last few years. Denis is someone whom we are all very grateful to because he has really looked out for Daryl.
“Athlone Town were looking for him last year and Denis advised that he would be better to wait for another year or two, so it is great for me as his mother to know that Daryl is being looked after.”
Daryl also plays Gaelic football and soccer for St Mel’s College and is playing out this football season with Stella Maris FC.