Updated at 11.49
PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has extended his condolences this morning after the death of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride.
The 27-year-old was found dead at his home near the Brandywell, the cause of death is not yet known.
“Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of Derry City FC Captain Ryan McBride,” said President Higgins.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, also expressed their sympathies to the family of McBride.
Minister Ross stated: “I send my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ryan at this difficult time. His passing at such a young age is a tragedy and shocking for everyone at Derry City FC.”
Minister O’Donovan added: “Ryan’s family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. His club has lost a great sportsman and captain and he will be sorely missed by all.”
McBride captained the Candystripes to a 4 – 0 win over Drogheda United on Saturday to maintain their four-game winning run at the start of this season. His team were due to take on Limerick FC at Maginn Park tomorrow night.
Derry City along with a number of clubs and members of the wider footballing community have also been paying tribute to McBride, who had featured in all four of his side’s games this season.
Tonight we lost someone i had the privilege to play along aside but also got on well with of the field, a warrior that literally would throw his body on the line when he pulled on that Derry City jersey, a club that meant so much to him, but more importantly a big gentleman of the field.. sleep tight big man may god bless you and your family 😔🔴⚪️ #5 #townilovedsowell