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Derry legend Francie Brolly dies suddenly

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Joe Brolly, right, and his father Francie enjoying a Derry game. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Joe Brolly, right, and his father Francie enjoying a Derry game. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

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Joe Brolly, right, and his father Francie enjoying a Derry game. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Teacher, footballer, musician and politician Francis (Francie) Brolly died yesterday.

Mr Brolly was at home with his wife Anne when he died suddenly in the early hours of yesterday morning aged in his early 80s.

He was a man of many talents and an especially brilliant footballer, representing Derry.

His son, Joe, was part of the county's 1993 All-Ireland Championship winning team and later became a well-known pundit.

A teacher originally, Mr Brolly retired in 1998 and took up politics. He served at Stormont from 2003 to 2010 as a Sinn Féin MLA, but in 2018 he left the party because of their stance on abortion and became a member of the Aontú party, along with his wife and their son Proinnsias.

Irish Independent