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Republic star Shane Duffy mourns dad

Shane Duffy

Republic of Ireland footballer Shane Duffy has paid tribute to his father Brian, who has died aged 53.

He passed away at his home in Co Londonderry on Monday.

Originally from Ard O'Donnell in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, he was well-known in football circles and was a regular at Republic of Ireland matches home and away.

Posting on Instagram, Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane described his father as his hero.

"You weren't just my dad, you were my hero, my idol," the star said.

In a tribute yesterday, Derry City FC said: "Brian was well-known throughout the city particularly in the football community and our thoughts are with Siobhain, Shane, Tony, Nicole and the entire family circle at this awful time."

Belfast Telegraph