New York-born first-grader Breda Woods would put some of our national football team to shame...
The 6-year-old loves an old Irish tune, and last weekend she took centre stage at the New York GAA Minor Board dinner to belt out a rousing rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann in front of 400 spectators. What a woman! Give it a whirl below:
The announcer you can hear in the background is renowned ESPN soccer commentator Tommy Smyth, who began his career covering GAA at Gaelic Park in The Bronx (indeed, he has even referenced seeing "better play at Gaelic Park" during his Champions League commentary on ESPN).
Though a native of Yonkers, NY herself, young Breda's grandparents on her father's side hail from Glin, Co. Limerick and Kilkee, Co. Clare. Her mother's parents are originally from Loughrea, Co. Galway and Ennis, Co. Clare.
Breda and her siblings Guerin (8) and Brogan (4) all play footbal with the New York Celtics Gaelic Football Club.
If the Woods dynasty can play football as well as Breda can belt out an old Irish anthem, the Celts could run riot in the 2030s. Celtics abú!
Hats off to Breda for being so brave - we hope she keeps singing. And much thanks to Tara Kelly Woods for sending this our way.