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A death in the dressing room - Remembering one of a kind

Harry Taaffe passed away last week and the football world kept turning. But for anybody associated with Dundalk, things will never again be the same, writes Daniel McDonnell

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Groundsman Harry Taaffe tends to the Oriel Park pitch in the snow in February, 2018. Photo: Sportsfile

Groundsman Harry Taaffe tends to the Oriel Park pitch in the snow in February, 2018. Photo: Sportsfile

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Groundsman Harry Taaffe tends to the Oriel Park pitch in the snow in February, 2018. Photo: Sportsfile

The streets around Oriel Park were eerily quiet last night. Football without fans was always going to be surreal in a town that feeds off the energy of the Friday routine.

But the silence hanging over the return was borne from a week that has delivered a punch to the stomach of Dundalk's players, management, staff and supporters.

The letter H on the back of their T-shirts in the warm-up said everything.