Priest urges an All-Ireland win for Andrew

A priest has said Donegal needs no greater incentive to go on and win the All-Ireland than to honour tragic GAA fan Andrew Duffy.

Fr Pat McHugh was speaking yesterday at the funeral of the young farmer who drowned in Dublin after celebrating his team’s semi-final victory at Croke Park.

Andrew, 24, slipped into the Royal Canal at Binn’s Bridge at Phibsboro.

There has been a huge outpouring of grief since Andrew’s death, with thousands of people calling to the Duffy family home at Goaldrum, Termon.

Bathed in warm sunshine outside, St Columba’s Church was packed to overflowing.

Termon parish priest Fr McHugh said he still could not sleep thinking about Andrew and how Donegal’s joy had turned to sadness at hearing of the man’s passing.

“This county was ecstatic at Donegal’s win over Cork and the fact that we were in only our second All-Ireland final.

“As the news filtered through the county and through our country, even the most exuberant fan found the good had gone out of the occasion.

“Everyone felt for the Duffy family in their suffering and grief. I watched the Donegal flags flutter in the breeze as I travelled to Termon and thought to myself how happy we should be, but sadly we find our-selves in the throes of grief.”

He said his thoughts and prayers were with Andrew’s mother Margaret, father John, and sisters Leanne and Carolyn.

Members of Andrew’s club Termon provided a guard of honour to and from the funeral Mass, as did a number of other clubs including Glenswilly and Gaoth Dobhair.

Fr McHugh said Andrew had already left his legacy by the way he lived life, but said his football heroes could still honour him one last time

“If the Donegal team needs an incentive to win the All-Ireland, it would be to honour the memory of Andrew Duffy.”

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