Eight-year-old Irish Singing Sensation Steals the Limelight before Six Nations Match

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Ireland secured an impressive 36-0 victory against Italy in the 2024 Guinness Six Nations clash; but it was a young, talented vocalist who captured the hearts of the crowd and the nation.

The Six Nations Championship, an annual international men’s rugby competition, is participated in by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. At the opening of the games for Week 2, Stevie Mulrooney was given the task of singing “Ireland’s Call”.

When the young Mulrooney came up to sing, he did not do so as a timid eight-year-old boy. As Andy Farrell is quoted to have said, “He’s got his shoulders back, he was ready.”

Stevie showcased his exceptional singing skills as he belted out “Ireland’s Call” before a packed Aviva Stadium, bringing chills to spectators and prompting many to wipe away tears in his tear-jerking rendition.

In another quote, Andy Farrell said, “His confidence was amazing and I was saying I wish our lads were going to be like this. He got his shoulders back and was waving to the crowd. He stood there on his own and I thought this kid has got it all. He nailed it. It was a great start.”

True enough, Ireland got its second win of the season to remain at the top of the leaderboards, along with England. The crowd at the Aviva Stadium saw Ireland dominating the proceedings against Italy.

Now A Social Media Sensation

Last February 11, in front of 52,700 fans at the Aviva Stadium, the young Stevie Mulrooney delivered his powerful rendition that instantly made him an internet sensation, with footage of his performance receiving widespread praise and admiration.

Although this wasn’t Stevie’s first time singing the national anthem, having already performed it on last November’s The Late Late Toy Show, the Six Nations game marked his most significant platform to date.

Stevie sang the anthem at The Late Late Toy show in November, where he subsequently met Irish rugby stars Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki; afterwards, Josh van der Flier invited him to perform it once more prior to the Six Nations match last February 11.

My dad says nerves can be a good thing. There’s going to be so many people there and I just want them all to sing with me. I will have the microphone and I have done all the work to get ready.

Stevie Mulrooney

Preparation: Ahead of the game, Stevie expressed his excitement and determination, sharing that he wanted all the spectators to join him in singing, ready to embrace the moment with a microphone in hand and having put in the necessary preparation.

Fans eagerly awaited Stevie’s performance, knowing it was going to be a special moment that would add an extra layer of excitement to the already anticipated game.

Making His Mark: Stevie took to the stage before the match, following Jennifer Dalton’s singing of the Italian national anthem and Amhran na bhFiann.

Captivating the Audience

The boy’s captivating voice echoed through the stadium, leaving spectators in awe as they sang along with him, their emotions overflowing at the sight of such young talent.

After Stevie’s performance, Ireland went on to secure a convincing victory against Italy, building on the momentum set by Stevie’s display of talent.

Post-Performance Recognition: Head coach Andy Farrell praised Stevie’s confidence and courage, acknowledging the role his rendition played in setting the tone for the game.

Leaving a Lasting Impact

Stevie Mulrooney left an indelible mark on the Six Nations Championship, proving that youthful talent and passion can bring people together and create unforgettable moments.

A New Chapter: With his voice and spirit igniting the crowd and capturing the attention of millions, Stevie’s future in music and public performance looks bright, opening a new chapter in his young life.

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