Tributes have been paid to a talented young footballer who was killed in a stabbing incident overnight.
Josh Dunne, 16, died in hospital after suffering serious injuries during an assault in Dublin’s north inner city on Tuesday night.
The promising centre-forward had recently gone for trials with Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership and had caught the eye of several other clubs.
He represented a number of clubs in Dublin, including St Kevin’s Boys, Tolka Rovers and Bohemians.
St Kevin’s public relations officer Neil Fox told the PA news agency: “He was a great footballer. He’d stepped up to the rank of League of Ireland through our partnership with Bohemians and Kevin’s.
“I’d seen him play many times. A very skilful, very quick, tricky little player. He was away on a trial a couple of months ago with Dundee United.
“There were a couple of other clubs looking at him. So he was definitely going on the right track regarding football.”
Everyone at Bohemians is devastated to learn of the death of Bohs-SKB player Josh Dunne in tragic circumstances.
Josh was a talented young footballer who will be sadly missed by former team-mates and coaches.
We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. ❤️🖤🧡 pic.twitter.com/g3vWoKhkQd
— Bohemian FC 🔴⚫ (@bfcdublin) January 27, 2021
Mr Fox added: “He was a lovely guy. I met him a few times, coming in and out of the club. I would have taken a lot of photographs for the club, so I would have gotten to know the guy. A nice, bubbly guy.
“I’m in shock in myself, I just can’t believe what happened. It’s a terrible tragedy for his family and friends and everyone that knows him.
“Sixteen years of age, it’s so young that a guy has been taken away like that. It’s unbelievable.”
In a statement on Twitter, Bohemians FC said: “Everyone at Bohemians is devastated to learn of the death of Bohs-SKB player Josh Dunne in tragic circumstances.
“Josh was a talented young footballer who will be sadly missed by former team-mates and coaches. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
An online fundraiser to support Josh’s family raised more than 10,000 euro in just five hours on Wednesday.
Gardai have launched a murder investigation following the assault.
The incident took place at around 9.20pm on Tuesday night in East Road, East Wall, north Dublin.
Gardai were alerted to a public order incident, and attended the scene along with emergency services.
Josh and another juvenile male were taken to the Mater Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.
Josh was subsequently pronounced dead at the hospital.
A third person, an adult male, later attended Mater Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
A post-mortem will be carried out on Wednesday afternoon at the City Morgue by Dr Heidi Okkers, locum assistant state pathologist.
A family liaison officer has been appointed and continues to liaise with the family.
The two males, an adult and a juvenile, remain in hospital receiving medical attention.
The scene has been preserved for investigations.
Gardai said the stabbing happened following an incident involving a group of people in the East Wall area.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone who was in the East Road area between 9pm and 9.40pm on Tuesday, to contact Store Street Garda station on (01) 666 8000, the Garda confidential phone number on 1800 666111, or any station.