Buncrana tragedy - football pays its respects

Buncrana tragedy - football pays its respects

Finn Harps and Cockhill Celtic paid tribute to those who lost their lives in Sunday's tragedy in Buncrana with a minute's silence ahead of their EA Sports League Cup tie in Finn Park on Tuesday night.

For both sets of players and club officials, it was particularly poignant given the strong footballing connection to the tragedy.

The five deceased were all close relatives of current Derry City player, Josh Daniels. Davitt Walsh, who is being hailed a hero after saving the life of four-month-old Rionaghac-Ann from Sunday’s tragedy, is also extremely well known in sporting circles here.

A former Finn Harps player, he now plays with Fanad United and GAA with Fanad Gaels.

Cockhill Celtic player- manager, Gavin Cullen, said it was important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

“The minute's silence had to be done,” he said.

“It is crazy what happened in Buncrana on Sunday, words can’t describe it.

“Josh Daniels, we have played against many times in the Ulster Senior League and we know him well.

“It has hit him and the likes of Davitt Walsh who was also involved.

“It is crazy altogether, so sad.

“It was a nice moment tonight and it was really well observed by the crowd and the players, really respectful.”

Josh Daniels was an unused substitute for Derry City when they lost to Finn Harps in the opening game of the season at Finn Park.