Belfast Telegraph

Pub honour sums up Kesh folk, says proud Lafferty

By Adrian Rutherford

Kyle Lafferty has spoken of his pride after his local pub was renamed in his honour for the Euros.

The Mayfly Inn in Kesh, Co Fermanagh, will be known as Lafferty for the next few weeks.

It is in tribute to the striker, whose goals helped fire Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup.

After seeing photographs of the redesign, Lafferty said he has been thrilled by the support shown back home.

"I had heard about it - my family have been sending me pictures," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I know the owner as well as the pub. To think that they have changed the name for the Euros and named it after me is incredible."

The pub also included Lafferty's number 10 in the redesign.

Head entertainer at the bar, Robert Anderson, said the response to the name change has been "fantastic".

"We are causing a bit of a stir," he said.

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

A giant poster of Lafferty has also appeared in Kesh.

It is part of a series which have been put up right across Northern Ireland counting down to the tournament. A temporary billboard has had to be installed to accommodate the poster because the village is so small that nowhere suitable existed to showcase it.

Lafferty added: "What they have done back in Kesh is incredible. Every single person in the community has got behind me and it feels good.

"My family still lives back there and they have shown a massive amount of respect towards me and my family.

"I have to thank everyone back home for what they have done."

Lafferty scored seven goals during the qualifying campaign and will be one of the team's key men in France.

The 28-year-old, who married Scottish model Vanessa Chung last month, suffered a minor knock against Slovakia on Saturday night.

He was withdrawn as a precaution, but will be fit to face Poland this weekend.

Belfast Telegraph