Coleman’s father, Paddy, died three years ago at the age of 74 and missed Wales’ historic run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. On Paddy’s request, his ashes were placed in the River Liffey in Dublin accompanied by a pint of Guinness.
And Coleman returns to Paddy’s hometown with Wales hoping to keep their World Cup dreams alive when they take on Martin O’Neill’s men at the Aviva Stadium.
“We put his ashes outside the Brazen Head pub next to the River Liffey which is the oldest pub in Dublin,” said the Wales manager.
Chris Coleman is determined for Wales to beat the Republic of Ireland
The Wales football team return to Cardiff
Fri, July 8, 2016
The welsh football team returns to Cardiff after reaching the semi-finals of the Euros
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Wales players and manager Chris Coleman wave to fans on a open top bus during the homecoming celebrations in Cardiff City centre.
“The Guinness into the Liffey is a done thing there especially where he is from. You throw a pint of Guinness into the Liffey. If I’m being honest, I did have a little drop first!
“I won’t be going back this time, it’s not a friendly visit. I’ll think about my father because it’s his city and he would have wanted us to do well. I’ll have a pint after the game definitely and that will be remembering him. But beforehand it will be business.”
Wales have won just one of their four qualifying games, leaving them third and four points behind Group D leaders Ireland. Defeat in Dublin would seriously harm their chances of reaching a first World Cup tournament since 1958.
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Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are in contention to start against the Republic of Ireland
Coleman will have friends and family cheering Wales on in a sold-out stadium on Friday night, with his son, Sonny, flying in.
Paddy’s Irish roots meant Swansea-born Coleman could have played for the Republic, but he says his dad never asked him to switch allegiances.
“He was a huge football man, he loved football. He was a good parent, a great father,” added Coleman, who was capped 32 times for Wales. “He never ever wanted me to play for Ireland – he always pushed me to play for Wales Under-15s in my day.”