Man's body taken from Dublin canal

 

A Donegal man has died after falling into Dublin’s Royal Canal after watching his county defeat Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final yesterday.

Gardaí said Andrew Duffy (24) appears to have fallen into the water shortly before midnight at Binn’s Bridge in Drumcondra.

His body was taken from the canal after midnight and taken to the Mater hospital. He was pronounced dead just before 1am.

Mr Duffy played Gaelic football  with Termon GAA in north Donegal.

Joe McDaid, chairman of the Termon club, said it was a devastating loss for the team, village and county.

“It’s just a terrible tragedy for the area and the club to lose a man like Andrew,” he said. “On behalf of the club, we just want to extend our sympathies to the Duffy family.”

Mr Duffy, who had been in Croke Park to watch Donegal beat Cork and secure a place in the All-Ireland final for the first time in 20 years, had been staying with a friend in Dublin.

Mr Duffy was on the Termon team that won the All-Ireland Junior Gaeltacht title in June. He normally played for the club’s senior side. “Andrew was just a great, great young fellow, and footballer," Mr McDaid said. "He was committed to everything that he did and just an all-round good fellow.”