Pádraig Amond has been named in Mick McCarthy’s Rep of Ireland squad ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia later this month.
The Ballinabranna man and The Nationalist columnist has enjoyed a stellar run of form for his club Newport County in recent months, scoring in every round of the FA Cup before his League Two team were eventually knocked out by reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the middle of last month.
Pádraig is one of 38 players in McCarthy’s extended squad which also includes first call-ups for Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers and Luton Town striker James Collins.
McCarthy will take a look at various options in training before trimming the squad ahead of the trip to Gibraltar on 23 March.
Among Amond’s highlights this year were scoring the winning penalty against Leicester City in the third round, a cracking goal against Middlesbrough in round four and a perfectly-judged lob against City in the fifth round.
“This season will always have memories for me and the romance of the FA Cup will never, ever diminish,” he wrote in The Nationalist after the game.
Now a fairytale season continues for Pádraig with his first ever call-up to the senior Irish squad at the age of 30.