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Dunne mourned in Ireland

Published: Friday 25 September 2015, 23.55CET
Tributes have been paid to former Republic of Ireland international Pat Dunne, a league champion with Shamrock Rovers and Manchester United, who has died at the age of 72.
by Aidan Fitzmaurice
Dunne mourned in Ireland
Pat Dunne during his time at Manchester United ©Popperfoto/Getty Images

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Published: Friday 25 September 2015, 23.55CET

Dunne mourned in Ireland

Tributes have been paid to former Republic of Ireland international Pat Dunne, a league champion with Shamrock Rovers and Manchester United, who has died at the age of 72.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have expressed their sadness at the passing of former international and Manchester United goalkeeper Pat Dunne.

The Dubliner, who was capped five times at senior level by the Republic of Ireland between 1965 and 1966, died at the age of 72 following a short illness. The FAI president, Tony Fitzgerald, said: "Pat Dunne was a great servant to Irish football and one of the few to win league medals in England and Ireland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Having made his name with Shamrock Rovers, where he won the domestic double in 1964, Dunne earned a move to Old Trafford and won the league title in his first season with the Red Devils. He returned to Ireland and Rovers in 1970, spending seven seasons with the Hoops as a player and later worked at the club as a goalkeeping coach.

The FAI chief executive, John Delaney, said: "Pat Dunne was a legendary figure to those who followed Irish football during the 1960s and 1970s and was part of the team that came so close to qualifying for the 1966 World Cup. We offer our sympathies to his family and friends and we will honour his memory at our upcoming EURO 2016 qualifier against Germany in the Aviva Stadium."

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