AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING page set up to raise funds for the family of Ryan McBride has reached nearly €7,000 as the League of Ireland community mourns the loss of the Derry City captain.
McBride, 27, passed away at his home on Sunday with tributes and condolences from both home and abroad flooding in.
League of Ireland players and fans from other clubs have been among those donating money to cover the cost of McBride’s funeral, which will take place on Thursday morning.
The GoFundMe page was set up by a group of Derry supporters and has already raised €7,200 (£6,330) with Ireland international Shane Duffy donating £1,000.
McBride made his debut for the Candystripes in 2011 and made over 100 league appearances for the club.
“Irish football is in mourning with the loss of a true great of the game, with the shocking news about Ryan McBride’s passing,” FAI chief executive John Delaney said in a statement.
“I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to Ryan’s family, friends, and his club, Derry City FC, for which he was their leader, their captain and their inspiration.”
Tributes will be paid to McBride prior to Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin on Friday.
Derry’s league games against Limerick and Galway have been postponed, as well as all of Tuesday’s matches in the first round of the EA Sports Cup.
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, speaking at a press conference at FAI HQ this afternoon, said it was a “tragic event”.
“I didn’t know Ryan personally,” he said. “James McClean was a close friend of his and is devastated.”
McBride’s funeral will take place at 10am on Thursday at St Columba’s Church.
Donations can be made here.
– Updated at 22.20pm
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