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Dublin GAA fan page removes post urging fans to 'Chant for Dermo in the 12th minute'

Post was taken as a reference to the #13ForNo13 campaign, which aimed to honour a late Mayo Minor star

Clare Cullen and Declan Whooley

Published 04/09/2015 | 12:08

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, has also been shortlisted for Player of the Year, along with Kerry's star forward James O’Donoghue and Donegal full-back Neil McGee (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)
Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, has also been shortlisted for Player of the Year, along with Kerry's star forward James O’Donoghue and Donegal full-back Neil McGee (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)

A Dublin GAA fan page has removed a post in which it encouraged fans to chant for Diarmuid Connolly in the twelfth minute of the replay against Mayo.

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Dublin and Mayo fans both agreed to clap during the thirteenth minute of their semi-final game in order to honour young Mayo Minor star Darragh Doherty, who tragically lost his life in a car accident in the run-up to the clash.

The fan page has come under fire for encouraging fans to chant 'Dermo' during the twelfth minute after Diarmuid Connolly's red card and one-match ban was upheld by the GAA following an appeal.

A Mayo fan page posted a screenshot of the post, writing that it "makes a mockery of our own Darragh Doherty... and (any) minute applause gone past through the years".

‪#‎13ForNo13‬ - Dublin and Mayo fans to honour Darragh Doherty during All-Ireland semi-final

One commenter wrote that it was a "sick and disrespectful plan" while another added "the whole thing is gone out of hand, just let the teams play and let the best team win".

Doherty was part of the Mayo minor team that won the 2013 All-Ireland minor final, scoring 1-02 on the day from corner forward 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.

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