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Hundreds pay respects at funeral of Monaghan footballer

Jul 21, 2021 14:07 By Shannonside News
Hundreds pay respects at funeral of Monaghan footballer Hundreds pay respects at funeral of Monaghan footballer
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The 19-year-old died in a crash last Friday hours after starring for the U20 team.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Monaghan town this morning ahead of the funeral of U20 captain Ógie Ó'Dufaigh.

The 19-year-old was killed in a crash on Friday night, with tributes being paid from across the country since.

There's been widespread shock and sadness since news emerged early on Saturday morning of the death of Brendán Óg Ó'Dufaigh.

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Hours earlier U20 captain Ógie Ó'Dufaigh had led his team to a win over Donegal.

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Tributes have been paid from across sporting fields and political circles across the country and in his home county of Monaghan.

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His love of sport, family and work was noted in the presentation of the gifts.

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It included a family photo, football jerseys, his Leaving Cert engineering project and a car reg plate.

Celebrant Canon Paddy McGinn noted the hole left in Ógie's family, circle of friends and local community by his death.

Canon McGinn also remarked on Ógie's faith and his attendance at half past eight mass every morning and his rosary beads in his kit bag.

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He also noted the respect Ógie received from his fellow players, including his election as captain of the Ulster title winning minor team in 2018.

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The Aide de Camp of the Taoiseach and GAA President Larry McCarthy were among those in attendance.

Staff from Kingspan and Monaghan Harps and the county team were also present.

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Ógie is survived by his parents Brendán and Ester and sisters Claire and Áine, who wheeled his coffin from St Macartan's Cathedral shortly after 12 o'clock.

He's been laid to rest in St Joseph's Old Cemetery, Latlurcan.

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