The Irish soccer community has been left in a state of shock at the sudden passing of Ryan McBride and not surprisingly many tributes and condolences have been flooding in.
The 27-year-old skippered Derry City in their 4-0 win over Drogheda on Saturday but was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday evening. The cause of death is unknown.
Derry City issued a statement earlier today: "Derry City Football Club is deeply saddened by the untimely death of our captain, Ryan Mc Bride.
"Our prayers and thoughts are with his father, Lexie, his sisters Colleen, Siuinin and Caitlain, and his partner Mairead who are heartbroken at his loss. We are also conscious of his teammates and our management and support staff. Ryan was a player and a great captain but he was also their friend and teammate.
"They are deeply shocked and will miss his inspiration and his leadership.Our supporters are also shocked and saddened. To them, Ryan was Derry City through and through.
"The commitment and passion he brought on to the field is the bond that binds player and supporter.In the hearts and minds of all of us and long into the future Ryan McBride will be remembered as one of the greats of Derry City Football Club.
"We are also conscious that this is the anniversary of the death of the members of the McGrotty and Daniels family in Buncrana and it is only a short time since we remembered Mark Farren’s death. It is at times like this that we are reminded that our Club is also a community of people. As in the past, that community will come together to comfort and support Ryan’s family.
"In the coming days and weeks we will grieve the loss of our captain and our friend. Sometime in the future, when we have got past the initial shock and have had the proper space to grieve his loss, we will find a way to celebrate his life. We will remember his civility and humility off the field, his commitment and passion on it and the deep love he carried in his heart for Derry City Football Club.
"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."
Martin O'Neill admits football has been put in perspective by the sad passing of Ryan McBride at the weekend. pic.twitter.com/wU3mc3QnvH— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 20, 2017
President Michael D Higgins paid tribute by saying: "Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of Derry captain Ryan McBride."
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said McBride's former team-mate James McClean had been very upset by his sudden passing.
"It is tragic," said O'Neill. "James McClean is a very good friend of his. James is devastated by the news, obviously his family is as well. It's a really tragic event.
"You get things like this almost on a daily basis and it's puts football and sport in some sort of perspective.
"James, who is probably the closest to him and his family, if there's anything that he feels he wants to do, then I would certainly give him the time to do so."
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, both paid their respects.
Minister Ross stated: “I send my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ryan at this difficult time. His passing at such a young age is a tragedy and shocking for everyone at Derry City FC.”
Minister O’Donovan added: “Ryan’s family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. His club has lost a great sportsman and captain and he will be sorely missed by all.”
The FAI CEO John Delaney said that "Irish football is in mourning with the loss of a true great of the game.
"I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to Ryan's family, friends, and his club, Derry City FC, for which he was their leader, their captain and their inspiration."
The club's scheduled Premier Division game against Limerick on Tuesday has been postponed as mark of respect.
Derry City chairman Phil O'Doherty told the BBC that everyone at the club is "devastated" at the death of a player who "was a leader on and off the field".
"This news is so hard to take in," he said. "He started the season so well and scored a really important goal against Shamrock Rovers recently.
"The players and management staff are in shock and it's an extremely tough time for everyone.
"He was incredibly respected. He was an ideal captain. He was from the Brandywell area and he just walked across the road to his home after every game."
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Dessie McCallion of BBC Radio Foyle said: "He was described in many quarters as a warrior on the field and a gentlemen off it. He was a very quiet, unassuming guy off the field but on the field of play, no quarter was asked or given.
"He was captain of the club for one reason - he led on the field - he was a leader of men.
"There is complete mourning in the city.
"He had a tremendous start to the season. He scored the winning goal against Shamrock Rovers ten days ago. He scored and decisive goal in the 3-1 win over Dundalk last Monday. He led the team out and played his part in the 4-0 win over Drogheda on Saturday."
The funeral mass will take place on Thursday morning at St Columba's Church Longtower.
"Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of @derrycityfc Captain Ryan McBride."— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 20, 2017
One of the toughest centre backs I've ever played against and some great battles with him. RIP Ryan McBride.— Seani Maguire (@Seani_Maguire_) March 19, 2017
RIP Ryan Mc bride can't believe it my heart is broken bigman 💔— Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) March 20, 2017
Our deepest sympathies to all @derrycityfc on the sudden passing of Ryan McBride. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) March 19, 2017
We wish our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ryan McBride such awful news to hear, may he rest in peace @derrycityfc 🔴⚪️— Finn Harps FC (@FinnHarpsFC) March 19, 2017
My thoughts are with the family, friends & club mates of Derry City Captain Ryan McBride who has sadly passed away . RIP— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) March 19, 2017