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Tragic stabbing Man to appear in court charged over murder of tragic teen Josh Dunne

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Josh Dunne died after an incident on Tuesday (Bohemians FC/PA)

Josh Dunne died after an incident on Tuesday (Bohemians FC/PA)

Philly McMahon. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Philly McMahon. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Josh Dunne died after an incident on Tuesday (Bohemians FC/PA)

A man in his 30s is to appear in court later today charged in relation to the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Josh Dunne.

Josh (16) from Ballymun died after being stabbed while trying to calm a row in East Wall in Dublin on Tuesday night.

A Brazilian delivery driver was being questioned by Gardai at Store Street Garda Station after he was arrested on Thursday night.

A Garda statement today said: "Gardaí in Store Street have charged the man who was arrested in relation to the fatal stabbing incident that occurred on East Wall Road on Tuesday 26th January, 2021."

He is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this afternoon.

Earlier this week, Josh’s family described him as “an amazing, happy and talented boy who was tragically taken from our lives at just 16 years old,” in a statement.

“Josh’s smile lit up every room he walked into and he had a promising career ahead of him on the football pitch,” his family said.

On Thursday family, friends and teammates from Josh’s team St Kevin’s Boy released balloons in his memory in Ballymun in an emotional tribute.

Meanwhile, Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon was among those taking part in The Ballymun Health and Fitness Festival today in honour of tragic stab victim Josh Dunne.

The Ballymun Health and Fitness Festival is taking place online today on Zoom and Facebook with a range of different classes and chats taking place on both platforms until 7pm.

Philly was doing a strength and conditioning class this morning as part of the festival and said he was doing it in memory of Josh.

The entire festival has been dedicated to the talented underage footballer whose life was tragically cut short this week


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Philly McMahon. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Philly McMahon. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Philly McMahon. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Organisers said: “In light of recent events the Ballymun Health and Fitness Festivals will be dedicated to the memory of Josh Dunne.”

Meanwhile, Irish football legend Robbie Keane paid tribute to “talented” Josh Dunne and described the youngster’s death as “heartbreaking” in a post on Instagram.

“This is heartbreaking. A talented young footballer gone way too soon,” Keane said while sharing a picture of the young Dubliner Dunne playing football for Bohemians FC underage side.

Clubs from across Ireland and the UK have been reaching out to St Kevin’s to express their sympathy at the loss of the young player.

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