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Ógie: Funeral hears of love of sport, family and keeping busy

Jul 21, 2021 12:07 By News Northern Sound
Ógie: Funeral hears of love of sport, family and keeping busy Ógie: Funeral hears of love of sport, family and keeping busy
Tributes have been left at the Monaghan Harps grounds.
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He had captained the Monaghan U20 football team to a win over Donegal in Enniskillen on Friday evening.

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 died in a crash on Friday night. Tributes were received 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 he had captained the U20 team to a win over Donegal.

People, from all sporting fields, political circles, in his home county of Monaghan and across the country, shared their grief in emotional tributes to Ógie.

The presentation of the gifts comprised his love of sport, family and work. Those included a family photo, football jerseys, his Leaving Cert engineering project and a car reg plate.

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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:

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 was laid to rest today in St Joseph's Old Cemetery, Latlurcan.

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