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RIP Poignant tributes to Brendan Óg Ó'Dufaigh left at Monaghan Harps GAA club

The popular footballer’s death in a tragic accident after playing for his county last Friday in a win over Donegal has left locals shocked.

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Brendan Óg led his team to victory and was marked for greatness.

Brendan Óg led his team to victory and was marked for greatness.

Brendan Óg led his team to victory and was marked for greatness.

FLORAL tributes, photographs and flags have been left as poignant tributes to Monaghan U20 football captain Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh at his home club.

A Book of Condolence has also been opened at Monaghan Harps where people can leave messages for his family between 6pm - 9pm.

In a message posted online the club sated: “This will allow people a chance to leave a message for Brendan Óg's family, teammates and the club.

“This will be run in strict adherence to GAA and Public Health Covid guidelines.”

The popular footballer’s death in a tragic accident after playing for his county last Friday in a win over Donegal has left locals shocked.

His funeral mass will take place at 11am on Wednesday in St. Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan.

It will be available to view via webcam here: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-macartans-cathedral-monaghan.

Speaking on Saturday, Monaghan Harps chairman Jimmy Croarkin, paid tribute to the Harps clubman whom he described as "a true ­gentleman" and a "massive talent."

A number of Brendan's team-mates were travelling on the same road near Clontibret, Monaghan, at 11.30pm on Friday night, as they too made their way home from the Ulster Championship semi-final.

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Staff and players with the U20s are understood to have been among the first to arrive on the scene.

Other online tributes have made to the young athlete, including from other sports clubs including Blackwater Steelers Basketball Club.

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“ 'Ógie' played basketball with us as a juvenile until he decided to follow his dream and commit to the county Gaelic team.”

“We remember him fondly as a player who through grit and determination made life difficult for any opponent he came up against.

"There was never a dull moment on the team bus with Ógie! His quick wit and sense of fun endeared him to team-mates and coaches alike.”

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