Shay Given shares heartbreaking tribute after death of Irish sports star

He posted a very emotional message.

It's a very emotional time for Shay
It’s a very emotional time for Shay

Shay Given has shared a heartbreaking tribute to his good friend and fellow sports star Pat Shovelin. 

Pat sadly passed away over the weekend, aged just 41. 

Following the emotional funeral yesterday, Shay posted a message expressing his upset. 

“Today was up there with one of the hardest of my life,” he said. 

“Pat Shovelin. Only 41. A true gentleman. A best friend. A loving husband. A proud father to his two boys, Ethan (5) and Tom (1). A fellow Donegal man and a fellow goalkeeper. 

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“I never expected to have to carry you in a coffin, carry you out of the pub yes, but this, no. 

“Our hearts are broken. Whole county in mourning. We will all be strong for you Pat, the happiest man who I ever met, you would want us to be strong for you, and we will. God Rest you. Love you Pat.”

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this tough time. 

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