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Republic of Ireland star Shane Duffy pays emotional tribute to father following sudden death

Shane Duffy's father Brian (right) died suddenly in Derry on Monday
Seamus McKinney

SOCCER star Shane Duffy has paid an emotional tribute to his father following his death at their family home in Derry.

Brian Duffy (53), who died suddenly on Monday night, was well known in sports circles throughout Ireland.

His son is a defender with Premier League club Brighton as well as for the Republic of Ireland.

In an emotional message on social media, the footballer paid tribute to his father, who was originally from Letterkenny in County Donegal.

He said: “You weren’t just my dad, you were my hero, my idol. I’ll miss ringing you after the match and you telling me how sh*** I was. Daddy I love you and miss you. Look after us all now.

“Every time I put that green shirt on for our country, I’ll be thinking about you because I know how proud you were [of] me playing for Ireland. Love and miss you.”

Tributes have also been paid to Mr Duffy by his son’s football colleagues.

Former Republic of Ireland stars Robbie Keane and John O’Shea passed on condolences along with current goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

In a social media message to the Derry man, Randolph said: “Condolences to you and the family. He’ll be watching over you with a big smile. Still so proud of you and what you’ve achieved and will achieve.”

Newly-appoint Republic manager Stephen Kenny, a former manager of Derry City, also offered his condolences.

He said: “Our thoughts are with Shane and his family at this very sad time. Brian was very proud of his son, a proud football fan and a huge supporter of the Foyle Harps club in Derry where Shane played his underage football alongside Patrick McEleney and where Patrick McCourt learned the game.

“My own son Eoin played for Harps up to two years ago and I know just how central to the Galliagh community the club is.

"Brian’s loss will be felt by everyone at Foyle Harps and in Galliagh but none of us can comprehend what Shane and his family are going through now. We can only offer our support and sympathies.”

FAI interim deputy chief executive Niall Quinn said Mr Duffy’s death was a tragedy for the family.

“We can only imagine the pain they are going through now and I am sure I speak for everyone involved with Irish football when I offer our sympathies to Shane and the Duffy family in Derry and in Donegal,” he said.

Derry City FC also offered sympathies to the Duffy family, including Mr Duffy’s wife Siobhan, his sons Shane and Tony and daughter Nicole.

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