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Pub renamed 'Lafferty' in honour of Kesh's favourite son Kyle

By Cate McCurry

Published 04/06/2016

Mervyn McCutcheon serves up the pints
Mervyn McCutcheon serves up the pints
Kesh fans who will be cheering on Northern Ireland in the Lafferty are (from left) George Lothian, Robert Porter, Aaron Johnston, Lee Walker, Darren Jones and Josh Fleck (and front, from left) Lauren McCutcheon, Shirley Seaney and Alana McCutcheon

A pub in the tiny village Northern Ireland ace Kyle Lafferty calls home has changed its name to honour him ahead of the Euros.

The Mayfly Inn, the Kesh native's local in Co Fermanagh, has renamed itself Lafferty for the duration of the Euros.

It has even paid homage to the number 10 which Lafferty will don by replacing the pub's emblem above its entrance with the digits.

Head entertainer at the bar, Robert Anderson, said the name of the "son of Kesh" was on the tip of everyone's tongue.

"When he was at home he was always about the town so we thought because he is the main striker for Northern Ireland we would like to do something to acknowledge him and show our support. We came up with the name change for the pub from Mayfly Inn to Lafferty and tweaked the logo a bit," he said.

Lafferty is one of Northern Ireland's star players after netting seven times in the qualifiers.

He marked his 50th international appearance by scoring the opener at Northern Ireland's Windsor Park send-off last Friday when they beat Belarus 3-0 in the final home match before France.

Robert said the response to the name change has been "fantastic".

He added: "We are causing a bit of a stir.

"There have been a few traffic jams with people stopping and taking pictures and taking selfies."

It seems that the Northern Ireland forward is impressed by the unusual honour after his sister Sonia Lafferty took to Facebook to pass on his thanks.

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