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Vincent Hogan: His relationship with his dad was up and down, but Donaghy knows he was proud of him

Published 15/09/2012 | 05:00

It was Gold Cup Friday and, somehow, the sight of a northern number coming up on his phone brought Kieran Donaghy an instant sense of foreboding.

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"I knew straight away," he says. His aunt's voice counselled that she had "bad news" and he didn't really need to be enlightened on the detail. Donaghy knew his father was dead.

They'd had an up-and-down relationship across the years, Kieran watching a man who "wasn't a bad guy" acquire the habit of breaking promises, cursed -- as he was -- by an excessive appetite for alcohol and gambling.

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