Tributes paid to talented footballer killed in Dublin

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A MAN has been arrested for the order of Dublin schoolboy Josh Dunne, as tributes continue to pour in for the dead teen.

Among the tributes were comments from Dundee United, where Josh had been a trialist in 2019, with the club speaking of their sadness at the news of the death of such a promising young footballer.

He was killed after an altercation in Ballymun in which he had intervened to protect one of those involved, and has been described as a hero for his actions.

A talented footballer for St Kevin’s Football Boys Club (above), his death saw an outpouring of grief in his local area.

Gardai are launching an investigation to establish the events which led to his death.

“She always would have expected Josh to be famous, it’s something she said to us… but as she said, he is famous now for the wrong reasons,” his coach Gerard Reddy told RTÉ News. “There definitely was a path for him somewhere, whether it was as a player in the League of Ireland or playing in England or Scotland, that was where he was going to end up because he had that much talent, that much pace, and the proper attitude.

“He came to us from Tolka Rovers with a very good attitude… his game was so intense and he was an aggressive type player, but not aggressive off the pitch.”

His bright future in the game brought him to the notice of SPFL side Dundee Utd, who brought him in as a trialist in recognition of his potential in the game.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Josh Dunne,” the club said. “Josh was a trialist with our Foyle Cup and Super Cup squads in 2019 where he was warmly welcomed and respected by players and staff.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends.”

PIC: NEIL FOX, ST KEVIN’S BC

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