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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.

Duff has signed an 18-month contract with the Hoops.
Duff has signed an 18-month contract with the Hoops.
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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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