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Former Ireland International goalkeeper David Forde during a media event at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. David Forde will be honored at Aviva Stadium at Ireland v Switzerland on Thursday, September 5. Secure your seat via www.fai.ie/tickets. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Former Ireland International goalkeeper David Forde during a media event at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. David Forde will be honored at Aviva Stadium at Ireland v Switzerland on Thursday, September 5. Secure your seat via www.fai.ie/tickets. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Former Ireland International goalkeeper David Forde during a media event at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. David Forde will be honored at Aviva Stadium at Ireland v Switzerland on Thursday, September 5. Secure your seat via www.fai.ie/tickets. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

David Forde has chosen, at the age of 39, to walk away from football and find another path in life that will allow him to keep his hand in the game, so to speak.

The Galway native's contribution to the Ireland squad - 24 senior caps between 2011 and 2016 - will be recognised when he is the guest of honour at the Euro 2020 game at home to Switzerland next week.

"To think we've got a couple of tickets to sit up in the presidential box, I'll probably sit up with my mother, it's going to be such a beautiful way to honour my dad's passing and to honour my family and everything else," Forde says of his dad, Patrick, who died three months ago.


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