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Friday 9 December 2016

Croke Park to honour tragic teen star Darragh Doherty who died in crash

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Darragh Doherty. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Darragh Doherty. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Both sets of supporters in Sunday's All-Ireland Football semi-final between Dublin and Mayo will come together to pay tribute to Darragh Doherty after he lost his life in a car accident at the weekend.

The Mayo man (19) died after the car he was driving crashed at 10.30pm on Sunday outside Ballinrobe.

Doherty was part of the Mayo minor team that won the 2013 All-Ireland minor final, scoring 1-02 on the day as they landed the Tom Markham Cup.

He played with the number 13 on his jersey on his back that particular day, and former Mayo player David Brady led the calls for a minute's applause in Croke Park to honour the young footballer.

The tribute follows other instances of a minute's applause this season, including one to honour the victims of the Berkeley tragedy earlier this summer, as well as the deaths of well-known Dublin supporters Alan and Stephen Harris as they worked on a sewer in Dublin in June.

Dublin GAA has rowed in behind the plan for this weekend, posting a message on their Facebook page last night.

"At the 13th minute on Sunday, Croke Park will rise and applaud for a young man who tragically lost his life this week. He wore Number 13 for the Mayo Minors and scored 1-02 in the All Ireland Final before collecting his All Ireland Medal," it said.

Darragh's funeral was held today in his native Kilmaine.

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