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Shane Duffy. Photo: Getty Images

Shane Duffy. Photo: Getty Images

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Shane Duffy. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland footballer Shane Duffy has paid tribute to his father Brian, who died aged 53.

Mr Duffy died at his home in Co Derry where he has lived for a number of years.

The Letterkenny native was well known, especially in football circles, and introduced his son Shane to the sport when he was a child.

The Brighton & Hove Albion defender yesterday described his father as his hero.

"You weren't just my dad, you were my hero, my idol," he said in a social media tribute.

"I'll miss ringing u after the match and you telling me how shite I was.

"Daddy I love you and miss you. Look after us all now. Every time I put that green shirt on for our country I'll be thinking about you because I know how proud you were of me playing for Ireland!

"Love you and miss you."

Mr Duffy's unexpected death has caused great sadness locally and comes just months after his own mother Martha died.

The Donegal man is survived by his wife Siobháin, sons Shane and Tony, daughter Nicole, sisters Jackie and Michelle and brother Mark.

Irish Independent