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Hundreds line west Belfast streets for funeral of popular footballer and coach

James Moore's remains are brought to the church. Pictures by Matt Bohill
Marie Louise McConville

HUNDREDS of people have lined the streets of west Belfast to say goodbye to a well known footballer who died suddenly on Friday.

Friends and neighbours gathered together in the Beechmount area to support the family of James Moore as they accompanied his remains to St Paul's Church on Cavendish Street for Requiem Mass.

As requested, many of those who gathered wore GAA and football jerseys in memory of the sportsman, who had played for several Irish League clubs including Cliftonville, Donegal Celtic, Linfield and Larne.

It is understood the 24-year-old, who was engaged to be married, was found dead at his home in Locan Street in the Beechmount area on Friday night.

The young man, who was the captain of Belfast based club Willowbank YC/FC, where he also helped coach youth squads, was yesterday laid to rest in the colours of his favourite teams - in a Willowbank tracksuit and a Celtic top.

Many of the local businesses along the route to the church had closed their shutters as a mark of respect.

James Moore, who died on Friday

Many of those following the coffin clutched wreaths, some of which bore the messages `Brother' and `Legend' while many other arrangements were carried on the back of a lorry.

Following the Mass, Mr Moore was laid to rest in Milltown Cemetery.

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