Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Northern Ireland's golden boy is on everyone's lips

KILLYLEAGH celebrated "their golden boy" yesterday as proud locals described the success of David Healy, who just hours before led Northern Ireland to a spectacular victory.

Healy's hat-trick against Spain at Windsor Park was on everyone's lips in the Co Down village. And amongst those basking in reflected glory was acting principal of David's old school, Lesley Spence.

Healy's hat-trick against Spain at Windsor Park was on everyone's lips in the Co Down village. And amongst those basking in reflected glory was acting principal of David's old school, Lesley Spence.

"The children are just buzzing with pride today at David's achievement," she said.

"He really is the local hero and is a big inspiration for many of the children at the school," she said.

A mural painted on the side of a house, which depicts the famous goal the striker scored against England, turned into a meeting place for locals to chat after the latest 3-2 victory. One of the locals, Bobby McCready, said Healy's performance was very special.

"His last goal just reminded me of how George Best played," he said.