When Domhnall walked back into his classroom in Rosmuc, Connemara, on Monday, he was given a standing ovation. It was the same thing at football training and choir practice later that week.
Out shopping with his parents, Bríd and Peadar, he was stopped by people on the streets. Even his friends are looking for autographs.
The “young fella from Connemara”, as he describes himself, won the hearts of the nation when rendered speechless by injured Irish captain Keane hobbling on to the set on crutches.
Sports-mad Domhnall then gathered his composure somewhat and asked a laughing Keane what it felt like to have met people football giants such as David Beckham.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner before the family made a second appearance on the Late, Late, Brid said “it’s been just crazy”.
“I think a lot of it has gone over his head as he’s so young but he’s been on a number of radio shows, television. Everybody wants to talk to him,” she said. “We’re just so proud of him. Never before had we seen him speechless until that night as normally he’d speak for Ireland.”
Awh the little cutie is star struck! His little face when Robbie Keane walked out, defiantly the highlight of the show!! #LateLateToyShow— Kellie Byrne ♡ (@kelliebyrne94) November 29, 2013
The YouTube video of Domhnall’s appearance racked up over 367,500 views in a matter of days. The FAI has offered his family tickets to see Ireland play Serbia in March.
“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’ve never seen Ireland play before. It will be brill. They’re taking care of it.”