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Passionate Mayo Supporter Selected by Eir to Receive All Ireland Football Tickets

Eir has made it possible this morning for Kany Kazadi an asylum seeker now living and working in Castlebar to be in Croke Park this Sunday as Mayo take on Dublin in the All Ireland Football final.

Eir is the main sponsor of the GAA Senior Football Championship and live on Midwest Radio News this morning the company’s Sponsorship manager John Anslow announced that it has chosen Kany, to be the recipient of two tickets for the big game due to her extraordinary campaign across the media to be at the All Ireland.

Her red and green dyed hair braids have been jumping off her Twitter page over the last 48 hours highlighting her desire to be at the game. The braids are not dyed – they are actually hair extensions and it took a hairstylist in Castlebar 10 hours to put them in.

Kany’s story is more than just another fan looking to buy a ticket, rather it’s a  story of the GAA itself – and the desire to be part of the community.

As a young asylum seeker, she arrived in Ireland and spent four years in a Ballyhaunis direct provision centre, having left the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2005.

Later she settled in Castlebar and sought to embrace life there and discovered the GAA.

Recalling the first game she watched, on TV in a hotel with another former asylum seeker friend, she was captivated by the passion in the room. Mayo lost, she says, but she discovered something - it’s just about the game. Not about where you come from or how you speak. It’s about passion and the love of the game and the Mayo colours".

Kany shouted with glee when John told her on air this morning that Eir liked what they saw and were making it possible for her to realize her dream.

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