Darragh Burns says an appearance in November's Extra.ie FAI Cup final is a "long time coming" for St Patrick's Athletic.
The 19-year-old played a key role for Stephen O'Donnell's side as they beat Dundalk 3-1 in the semi-final at Richmond Park to book a decider against Bohemians, scoring the third goal and setting up the second for Matty Smith.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport at full-time, Burns said he had been dreaming of playing at the Aviva Stadium on 28 November having watched on as the Republic of Ireland beat Qatar 4-0 at the venue earlier this month.
"It's a long time coming for the fans and obviously the manager and the rest of the staff and the players are all buzzing," he said.
"We're all looking forward to it. It's 28 November so we have a few league games and we'll focus on that but we're going to the Aviva.
"I was in watching the Ireland match last week and I was just thinking, 'I could be here next month'. So I'm just glad it's come true."
But the midfielder added that "the season is not over yet" and that "there is one more step to get the hands on the trophy".