It looks like the man who has shot to fame not only in Donegal but throughout the country is finally going to make his way to Ireland and to Croke Park on September 23rd.
Rory Gallagher who hails from Kilcar and his friend Jimmy from Senegal have hit the high notes with their “Jimmy’s winning matches” song which has captured the attention of the whole country - so much so that Donegal hero Karl Lacey was even singing it on his post match interview on RTE!
Speaking yesterday morning from Puerto del Carmen, the Kilcar singer said, “Things have gone mental in relation to this whole thing - the ‘phone literally has not stopped ringing! This song has been a phenomenal success and Jimmy’s contribution has been immense.
“The ironic thing about it all is that he even does a better version of the Cork accent than the Donegal one, having taken his name from Cork legend Jimmy Barry Murphy.
“Over the last couple of days Jimmy has been out of contact - I think the whole thing of ‘fame’ and overnight success just got to him. Let’s face it the whole country is talking about him.
“Just now Jimmy has finally made contact with me and he said that he really wants to come to Ireland now for a holiday and to enjoy the whole atmosphere of the biggest day in Croke Park. He has watched the whole thing on television and has read all the comments on Facebook - he is now just over the moon and really enthusiastic.
“Pat ‘the Cope’ (MEP) has been a great help and is working around the clock to try and secure a holiday visa for Jimmy even though he feels he may not need one as he has no intention of working - for him it is a holiday.”
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat from his office in Brussels yesterday, Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher said, “I have been speaking to Rory Gallagher just now and I understand that Jimmy definitely wants to visit Ireland.
“I am in the process of organising an application for a holiday visa for him and hopefully he will get his holiday visa.
“The lad has no intention of working and just wants to go to the match now and I suppose soak up all the attention. He has become a legend and many are describing him as the team’s 16th man with all the fans singing the song.
“There is no doubt that Jim McGuinness and the lads, Rory Gallagher and Jimmy have brought back the smiles to Donegal faces from Perth to Pettigo, Dublin to Dubai - they are even humming it in both Strasbourg and Brussels!”