Close to £9,000 has been raised for the funeral of Derry City captain Ryan McBride.
A gofundme page was started by friends of the 27-year-old who passed away on Sunday.
His cause of death has yet to be revealed. Fans, teammates and mourners donated to the fund that was set up on Monday.
In 24 hours it passed its target of £5,000. Current Republic of Irish internationals James McClean, Shane Duffy and Daryl Horgan all donated money.
While condolences were left by fans of Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic, Sligo Rovers, Limerick and Cork City on the page.
The tragedy gripping Derry was further compounded by the passing of Martin McGuinness at the age of 66 on Tuesday.
James McClean took to Instagram to express the sadness of the loss of two legendary Derry natives.
Writing this with a heavy heart 😔💔 bad week just getting worse, woke to the passing off martin just now, am not going to shy away in expressing either how i feel, not only was he a hero of mine, someone i looked up to, a man that has done so much for irish people and irish peoples freedom right to the very end, he was also a good friend and someone i had the pleasure of having a good relationship with, a man i met so many times, had the privilege to share many a great conversation with, a man that always text me before games wishing me luck, a man that through the well documented tough times off the field always let me know how brave i was standing by my beliefs, that i never was alone because i had his support and backing always, you will be sorely missed martin, a great leader, a great hero and above all a great man.. thinking on all your loved ones.. beannacht agus buíochas a ghabháil leat mo chara 😔💔🇮🇪
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To donate visit the gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/ryan-mcbride