Irish heroine Amber Barrett fights back tears in a heartfelt tribute to the victims of Creeslough

Ireland’s top scorer Amber Barrett paid a heartfelt tribute to the victims of the Creeslough tragedy in an interview this morning.

The Donegal woman got emotional as she spoke on Newstalk about the events of the past few days Pat Kenny Show.

The striker, who plies her trade at women’s Bundesliga club Turbine Potsdam, came off the bench for a famous 1-0 away win over Scotland to seal Ireland’s place at the forthcoming World Cup.

Barrett’s mother is from Creeslough and she said her family personally know people who died in last Friday’s blast, which resulted in 10 deaths.

After scoring her goal last night, the forward snapped up her black armband, which she and her team-mates wore as a mark of respect.

Last Saturday morning the Irish women held a minute’s silence for the victims and Barrett said the couple meant a lot to her with the minute’s silence before last night’s game.

“The moment of silence before the game, I think that for me personally was one of the best moments I’ve had in my life,” she said.

“When I think you’re talking about 10,000-11,000 people in Hampden Park… the silence that has fallen about respect, from the Irish, from the Scots, you just can’t ignore that.”

Barrett said her celebration was “poignant” because of her connection to Creeslough, but she admits her team-mates, and Katie McCabe in particular, also understood the importance of her “reaction”.

“You can’t ignore what happened. I think with so many personal ties to Creeslough … you can’t just get off the train and go and forget it all,” she said.

“I think if you see everything on social media how things have been going the past few days, you’ve read stories about what happened to people, why they were there and you know stories about the little girl and her father, who buy a birthday cake for her mother… I don’t think you can put that into words in perspective.

“We’re not scratching the surface in terms of what it means in life… I just think this whole thing with the Ireland women’s team qualifying for the World Cup gives her life some sentimental value and I’m so glad to be a part of it be of it.”

Fighting back tears, Barrett added, “We did our best to lift the spirits… but in terms of perspective, I don’t think you can.” I think it was very, very difficult.”

“I’m sorry to upset you Amber for bringing this up to you so much, but it’s probably something that’s been on your mind, pretty much your entire downtime,” host Pat Kenny replied, before the Irish Coach Vera Pauw took over for her player.

“This team is there for others and of course we play football for ourselves but the sacrifices we make and these players make for others is so special. I’ve never experienced that before,” Pauw added. Irish heroine Amber Barrett fights back tears in a heartfelt tribute to the victims of Creeslough

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