Tributes pour in for Harry

Tributes have been flooding in over the past few days following the tragic death of Dundalk FC head groundsman Harry Taaffe.
Harry, who was a hugely popular figure around town, was last seen leaving his home on Saturday, at around 10am, before a missing persons appeal was issued on Sunday morning.
Sadly, that search was stood down on Sunday evening after a body was found at a property in the Crossmaglen area. The news was met with shock and sadness around town and in league of Ireland circles where he was well known to many.
The club released a statement on Sunday expressing their devastation upon hearing the news.
“We’re absolutely devastated to confirm that Harry Taaffe has tragically passed away. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Maria, Orla, Elaine, Shane and Harry’s family.
Harry was an integral part of our club and his passing has left us all numb. Rest easy H. You’ll live forever in our hearts,” read the statement.
Speaking yesterday morning Dundalk FC general manager Martin Connolly spoke about the loss of his friend and colleague.
“Dundalk Football Club have suffered a huge loss with the untimely passing of Harry. He was a friend and colleague to not only ourselves in Oriel Park but to many in Dundalk town and the League of Ireland family in general. Our loss is only small compared to that being felt by his family and all our thoughts and prayers go out to Marie, Orla, Elaine and Shane and his wider family at this most difficult of times,” stated Martin.
Many league of Ireland clubs took to social media expressing their sympathies amongst them Shamrock Rovers who posted ‘“Such tragic and devastating news, we offer our deepest condolences to Harry’s family and friends. Always a familiar and welcome face at Tallaght Stadium. May he rest in peace.”
As well as being the head groundsman Harry was also the club’s videographer providing footage for the coaching staff to analyse opposition teams. He was also gave huge support to players especially new signings as he helped them settle in to the area after signing for the club. Former Dundalk keeper Gabriel Sava described Harry as a father figure to him while expressing his sympathies.
“A true gentleman and like a Dad to me always was the first to ask if I was OK and support me when I had tough times can’t believe such an amazing man has left us. Rest easy,” stated Gabriel.

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