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touching tribute Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh’s father fights back tears as he thanks everyone for their support

'I can't even begin explain the amount of people who have come to help us in the last fortnight'

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Brendan Og O'Dufaigh

Brendan Og O'Dufaigh

Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh’s father fought back the tears as he offered a touching thank you to everyone for their support ahead of Monaghan’s clash with Down in the Ulster Under-20 final. 

Their captain died in a car crash on July 17, on his way home after leading his side to an Ulster semi-final victory over Donegal.

On an emotional night that saw fans chanting the name of the Monaghan captain, their team eventually lost to Down 3-15 to 1-14.

Speaking after the match at the Athletic Grounds, Ó Dufaigh's father Brendan thanked everyone who has helped him and his family since the tragic accident.

"It's a horrible blow for us and I'm talking to you now Micheál but there's a chance I could have tears in my eyes in the stands in a few minutes,” he said at one point.

Speaking to TG4 in Irish, he said: “I can't even begin explain the amount of people who have come to help us in the last fortnight.

"I should start by talking about the Monaghan Harps club, our local club, I can't even describe the amount they've done for us in terms of parking around the house, giving lifts to the house, making guards of honour, sitting beside Ógie until the last night he was in the house with us, and then giving advice, help and counsel to the young people he knew.

"We were down at the Harps the other night at the first game since and that was hard on the whole club, it was hard being there, it's hard being here tonight but that's something we will do and it's something that's very important for us.

"It's a horrible blow for us and I'm talking to you now Micheál but there's a chance I could have tears in my eyes in the stands in a few minutes.

"The Monaghan county board, the Ulster board were brilliant to us. The senior team, Banty was in the house for 20 minutes on his way down to Dublin for tomorrow's game...that's not even to mention the neighbours, the priests, the masses, the people writing to us and sending messages from all over the country..."

Man of the match, Down forward Ruairi O'Hare also paid tribute to Ó Dufaigh and praised the Monaghan players for going ahead with the match.

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He said: "My condolences goes to the Monaghan boys, I personally know exactly how they're feeling, a year and a half ago a person in my own club passed away, my best friend who I was living with.

"We then had to go and play a relegation play-off, a week and a half after and I know that feeling in their stomach that they're having now, and it's not nice."

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