C: Eli Solitas (L) and RTE (Still via YouTube) (R)

Amber Barrett’s heartfelt tribute to Creeslough makes victory all the sweeter 

The goal-scorer in yesterday’s Republic of Ireland historic qualifier for the FIFA World Cup has won the nation’s admiration after her tribute to the ‘”10 beautiful souls” who lost their lives in the Creeslough tragedy.

26-year old Amber Barrett came on as a sub in the Republic’s women’s team match against Scotland – and scored a beauty in the crucial play-off. 

But the triumph of the goal-scoring and qualification was matched by the power of her tribute to the people of Creeslough. 

She pointed to the black armband after her decisive goal – this was for those who had died and for those left behind. 

“I know Creeslough like the back of my hand. Both my grandparents were Creeslough-born and bred and I spent my whole upbringing there in the summers and Christmases. Now every year I go back. From football I go to my uncle who’s still living down in Creeslough,” she told RTE. .

“I know people who died in the tragedy, I know people who were affected by the tragedy, I know people who were first at the scene at the tragedy and I’ve not been able to put it into words.

“There’s been a sombreness about me the last few days. This is the best day of my life in terms of what we’ve done for football but when you put it into perspective, we don’t scratch the surface of what happened over there on Friday and this result, that game, that goal, this award, I’m dedicating it to those ten beautiful souls who unfortunately perished on Friday, for all their families because I know they touched their lives.

“They certainly touched ours and this is for Creeslough, this is for Donegal, this is for Ireland.”


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