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'The charities are close to my heart' - Duff on donating Shamrock Rovers wages

Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Heart Children Ireland will receive the funds.

Updated at 12.00

DAMIEN DUFF HAS revealed why he is giving all the money earned while playing for Shamrock Rovers to two charities.

The 36-year-old ex-Ireland winger, whose son had heart surgery shortly after he was born, has decided to donate his wages to Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Heart Children Ireland.

“Every penny I get is going to charity,” Duff told the Irish Independent and the other daily newspapers yesterday. “I don’t want a penny. I thought it’d be something nice to do because I just want to play football.

“The only thing I’ve taken from Rovers is the loan of a car through Hyundai until I sort my situation out. Otherwise, every penny I get – whether it be bonuses, incentives, appearance money or whatever – is all going to those two charities, 50/50.

I’ve done a bit in the past with charities, including Heart Children Ireland, because of my son, and it was straightforward enough. I don’t want to make a big story out of it.

“The charities are close to my heart. My son’s operation took place in London, but the check-ups were here.”

Originally published at 9.20 on 16 April

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