A budding football star will embark on the trip of a lifetime in March when he will be afforded an opportunity to hone his undoubted football skills in one of the top football academies in the world.

Fourteen year old Killian Lyons from Kilfinane has been selected as one of just 50 young Irish stars who will travel to Madrid on he 26th March for a five day trip of a lifetime as part of the Coerver Global Foot-ball Programme. There he will train at the world famous Real Madrid football complex and represent Ireland in a series of games.

A first year student at Scoil Pól, Kilfinane, Killian is currently blazing a trail as one of the deadliest under-age strikers in his age group in the country. Having commenced his playing career with Knocklong United for whom he netted 28 times last season, Lyons is currently banging them in for Herbertstown under 14 and under 15 sides whom he joined this season and for Limerick County and District under 14 team.

A huge Manchester United fan, his dream is to one day line out in the famous red shirt of the Old Trafford club and he lists Hernandez and Antonio Valencia as his two favour-ite current United players.

Sport runs deeps in Killian Lyons’s genes. His late father Jimmy’s family are well known in G.A.A. circles as are mother Marion’s family.

A young player whose soccer commitments mean training and matches six days each week, Lyons uses all his remaining spare time to improve his soccer skills. He will leave for Madrid on 26th March which is his 14th birthday and the group will return on March 31st. It is sure to be a memorable birthday present for the starry eyed young Kilfinane lad.

He will be accompanied on the trip by his mother Marion and a couple of his teammates from Herberts-town who have also been selected as part of the group.

Family and friends have rallied around the young star who has one older sister Alisha. A coffee morning was held in Teach Na Cille, Kilfinane, recent-ly and a draw at Flanagan’s Bar, Kilmallock, to help defray the cost of the trip. Collection boxes are in local outlets and another coffee morning is planned for later this month.