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'talented and happy' Devastated family of tragic Josh Dunne pay tribute to 'amazing' boy who died in stabbing

Gardai believe Josh was killed after trying to calm a row in Dublin's north inner-city.

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Josh Dunne's mother, Dianne Dunne is led out to the memorial for her son by members of his football team, St. Kevins Boys.

Josh Dunne's mother, Dianne Dunne is led out to the memorial for her son by members of his football team, St. Kevins Boys.

Josh Dunne's mother, Dianne Dunne is led out to the memorial for her son by members of his football team, St. Kevins Boys.

The family of tragic knife victim Josh Dunne have paid tribute to him today describing him as an “amazing, happy and talented boy” who had a promising career ahead of him.

Josh Dunne (16) died after being stabbed three times during a public order incident in Dublin’s north inner city shortly after 9pm on Tuesday.

This afternoon, his heartbroken mother Dianne Dunne was led out to the memorial for her son by members of his football team, St. Kevins Boys.

A large group of people turned out at event to pay tribute to the tragic teen with balloons released in his memory.

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Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

Gardai believe he was killed after trying to calm a row on the street. It is believed he came across an incident where delivery drivers were in dispute with a 23-year-old man who they accused of stealing a bike.

It is believed Josh and a pal tried to intervene to stop the situation from escalating but ended up getting stabbed.

The talented young footballer from Ballymun in Dublin was tipped to be future star before his life was cut short.

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Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

In a moving tribute, his devastated family said: “Josh was an amazing, happy and talented boy who was tragically taken from our lives at just 16 years old. Josh’s smile lit up every room he walked into and he had a promising career ahead of him on the football pitch.

“We would like to thank the public for their kind messages of support and the community of Ballymun who have rallied around to support us at this sad time.”

His family said he was a happy, caring and amazing boy and said he was both a “dreamer and a do-er”.

Friends and teammates of Josh, who played for St Kevin’s Boys, released balloons in Ballymun this afternoon in a ceremony in tribute to him.

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