The Football Association of Ireland were quick to pay tribute to former Republic of Ireland underage international star Paul McCarthy, who passed away on Sunday unexpectedly at his home in England.
The Glen man and former Rockmount defender passed away, aged 45 and will be sadly missed by his family, friends and those he played with at his former clubs.
Hailing from Arderin Way, Paul was a stand-out player at schoolboy level and represented Rockmount AFC before moving across to England to join Brighton & Hove Albion, where he progressed into the first team to make over 150 appearances.
Paul also featured for Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Hornchurch and Ebbsfleet United during his club career.
At international level, he starred at underage and went on to play for the Ireland Under 21's.
FAI CEO John Delaney paid tribute to Paul, saying: "We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Ireland underage international Paul McCarthy.
"Paul was part of the team that competed at the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championships in Portugal and went on to represent Ireland at Under 21 level, as well as forging a strong career in England at club level.
"We send our deepest condolences to Paul's family at this difficult time."
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