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Minor footballer posts touching tribute following friend's tragic death: 'You'll always be remembered as a giant of the game'

Image credit: Sportsfile.
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A minor footballer from Cork has received praise for posting a touching tribute online following the death of a friend.

St Michael's GAA club lost the Division 2 minor championship final by one point to Carbery Rangers yesterday, and after the game, the losing club shared an emotional post from one of their young players.

The post begins by saying that the player 'lost a county final by a point and also lost an unbelievable friend in the same weekend', before imploring young men suffering from mental health issues to open up to someone.

"Depression is such a strange thing that can hit absolutely anyone at any time and the worst thing is that nobody will ever know about it unless you tell them," the post continues.

"For me to lose a friend and not know what he went through, not know his suffering, not understand his thoughts, is soul destroying.

"I would give absolutely everything just to spend one more minute with him. Speaking out is the most important thing of all and even though it's hard, people will respect you so much more after and will only think about how brave you were.

"Sport helps so much with that. Playing with teams that are as close as family. Winning, losing, celebrating, suffering. It all helps because even when you lose the biggest of games ye are all still together as one, not alone, not isolated, not left hurting, because you're still part of something. You either heal as a team, or crumble as indivdiuals.

"Rest in peace Liam, it'll never be the same sitting in a classroom without you but I hope you're looking down on us happy at last.

"You'll always be remembered as a giant of the game."

Anyone affected by issues in this story can contact the Samaritans freephone line on 116 123 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247

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