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Irish youngster honoured in Greece

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By Euronews
Irish youngster honoured in Greece

<p>A 10-year old boy from County Armagh in Northern Ireland has been honoured by the Greek Sports Journalists’ Association after striking up a friendship with Greece International Georgios Samaras.</p> <p>Jay Beatty – who has Down’s syndrome – was thrown into the limelight earlier this year when then Celtic player Samaras celebrated with him after winning the Scottish League.</p> <p>Jay then became an internet sensation after being filmed cheering on his Greek hero during the World Cup in Brazil.</p> <p>When asked why he liked Samaras Jay said at the star-studded ceremony in Athens: ‘‘I love mate Sami. I love him because he has long hair and a long beard. I love him!’‘</p> <p>Samaras, whose grandfather died at the weekend, said: ‘‘Jay is the reason I came here tonight. Because recently in my life things are not going well, but at least I see the smile of that child and I find the strength and the power to go on’‘.</p> <p>The friendship began with a lap of honour together after Celtic won last season’s Scottish title and continues with an award for what the association says is a perfect ‘message of humanity and sensitivity.’</p> <p>Euronews’ Giannis Giaginis was at the ceremony and said: ‘‘With this trip to Athens, ‘‘little’‘ Jay received a special gift for his upcoming 11th birthday. Greeks love him because of his friendship with Samaras. But at the same time it was also the economically-struggling Greek nation which was gifted with a special message of optimism through this brave young fighter for life.’‘</p>