Politician's from across Northern Ireland's political divide have paid tribute to Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride following his death yesterday.
DUP leader Arlene Foster tweeted: "My deepest condolences to the family and all Derry City FC as they mourn the loss of the talented Ryan McBride. Such devastating news."
Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said: “There is shock across the city and throughout Ireland on hearing the news of the death of Ryan. I wish to pass on my condolences and that of the party to McBride family. I'm sure the community will rally around them at this very sad time."
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: “All thoughts are with Ryan McBride’s family, his Derry City teammates, club officials and all his friends who have lost someone so special.
“There is deep shock and sadness at the loss of a young man who brought so much happiness to others through his skills and dedication.
“I extend my sincere condolences to Ryan’s family, colleagues and friends – and hope they can take some comfort from the breadth and depth of sympathy which has been so widely expressed following his very sad death.”
DUP Mayor of Derry Hilary McClintock said: “I was very shocked to hear of the sudden passing of such a talented and dedicated young man who devoted his life to football and to his beloved Derry City FC team. It’s a hugely sad day for the people of the city and region. I have heard so many moving tributes to Ryan today about what a quiet and modest young man he was who was worked hard on the field for his team and was a fantastic role model for young people. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Politicians in the Republic of Ireland also paid tribute to Ryan.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, both paid tribute.
Minister Ross stated: “I send my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ryan at this difficult time. His passing at such a young age is a tragedy and shocking for everyone at Derry City FC.”
Minister O’Donovan added: “Ryan’s family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. His club has lost a great sportsman and captain and he will be sorely missed by all.”
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