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Manchester United striker makes young Laois boy’s dreams come through

Marcus Rashford sends a signed jersey to Ryan Kelly

This is a really sound gesture.

Back at the start of this season, a young Manchester United fan from Laois made a banner for his favourite player – Marcus Rashford.

Five-year-old Ryan Kelly who lives in Portlaoise, son of Stradbally duo Philip and Jean, went over to see United take on Crystal Palace last month.

Before he left, Ryan made a banner asking striker Rashford if he could get his #No2Racism shirt.

The England international didn’t see Ryan’s banner at the time but he came across it on Twitter just last week and reached out.

Rashford said: “Hi Ryan, just a quick message from me to say thank you for all the support that you’ve given me.

“I saw a picture of you holding the banner and I thought it was a very nice and generous thought.

“So as a sign of my appreciation, I’m going to send you a signed shirt.”

Marcus’s shirt arrived to the Kelly household yesterday and proud dad Philip told how Ryan was over the moon.

He said: “He is absolutely thrilled here and we can’t believe that Marcus Rashford would do something like that for our son.

“I don’t think he will ever take the jersey off!”

Fair play to all involved!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.