Irish goalkeeper, Courtney Brosnan’s father, shares emotional tribute ahead of the World Cup


Ireland’s goalie, Courtney Brosnan was moved to tears thanks to a beautiful tribute to her from her father ahead of the World Cup, which is due to start in Australia, tomorrow, 20th July.

Originally from New Jersey, Courtney, who is of Irish descent, was eligible to play for either the US National team or the Irish National team. She ultimately chose our fair green aisle to further her football career.

The 27-year-old, who also plays for Everton, received a video from her dad Shawn wishing her the best of luck down under as she prepares for the first major match of the World Cup.


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Courtney was understandably emotional watching the video as her dad’s words of motivation sunk in. The video has gained huge viewing numbers after the FAI took to Twitter to share it.

In the emotional video her dad says: “I guess she was always very committed. It was during college people were telling her, and we also had seen it, that she had potential to do this on a much longer term basis and at a much higher level.”

He continues saying: “My mom and dad both emigrated from Ireland and met in Springfield Massachusetts. For me personally, it’s quite special [that Courtney plays for Ireland] and makes me think of my mom and dad often. They’d be crazy excited. It’s something, if they were still here today, they would be so, so proud [of].”

Courtney’s father noted that being a pro footballer was all his daughter ever dreamed of doing with her life and he’s delighted she gets to show the world what she can do.

He said: “We’re all very proud of her obviously, of both her commitment and passion and her development as a young woman and football player. That’s something we’re very, very proud of. This has really been a lifelong dream for Courtney and to now fulfil that one aspect of it at this point in her life is very special.”

Courtney took to her own Twitter account to re-share the video, captioning the post: “My heart – such a special video that fills me with so much pride and tears of joy! Thank you dad for the kind words, I know grandma and grandpa are always smiling down on us.”

Best of luck to all the ladies down under as they get ready for the first match of the World Cup #COYGIG


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