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No peace for Harte of gold.

It's all happening for Ian Harte, the newest name in the list of babes Mick McCarthy is introducing to the Ireland scene, writes HUGH O'REILLY.

A week ago, he wrote a paragraph of football history when firing a powerful header into the net for the third goal against Bolivia.

Only John Giles can claim to have been younger when he scored his first Ireland goal - against Sweden in Dublin in 1959. But while the remainder of his new team mates celebrated with a drink before breaking up for their summer holidays, it was back to work as usual for Harte - who doesn't turn 19 until August.

Now he's off to Cyprus as one of the key players in the Irish team taking part in the finals of the European Under 18 championship.

And that meant a break of no more than 24 hours before he was out training at his local ground in Drogheda.

"It will be a change playing with lads of my own age group in Cyprus - and I'm looking forward to it. I never dreamed that I would already have five senior caps to my credit travelling with the Under 18 team. But now it's happened - and it sure feels good."

Ironically, it was only after his uncle, Gary Kelly pulled out with 10 other senior players that Ian was called up for the end of season programme.

Gary - a club mate at Leeds United - was one of the first to send congratulations after the goal against Bolivia.

Now they're looking forward to teaming up in the squad for the World Cup.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:O'reilly, Hugh
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 1996
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