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Widow of Derry football coach Thomas Burke 'overwhelmed' by response to birthday card appeal for twins

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Bronagh Burke with Adam and Aoife and their birthday cards

Bronagh Burke with Adam and Aoife and their birthday cards

Bronagh with late husband Thomas and the twins on her wedding day

Bronagh with late husband Thomas and the twins on her wedding day

Footballer James McClean, who is planning a special birthday surprise for the children

Footballer James McClean, who is planning a special birthday surprise for the children

Bronagh Burke with Adam and Aoife and their birthday cards

A young mother who battled vainly to save her 29-year-old husband after he suffered a massive heart attack at their Londonderry home has said she is "completely overwhelmed" by the public response to a poignant plea for birthday cards for her heartbroken twins.

Bronagh Burke's husband Thomas collapsed at the couple's Culmore home in Derry on April 23 after returning home from a cycle ride.

Despite her frantic attempts to save him as their young children looked on in horror, keep fit enthusiast Thomas sadly passed away.