REPUBLIC OF Ireland soccer legend Robbie Keane has paid a special tribute to “talented young footballer” Josh Dunne following the teenager’s tragic death.
Dunne, 16, was fatally stabbed in an incident at East Wall on Tuesday night, after he stepped in to try and stop an assault on a man accused of stealing a bicycle.
The teenager was not initially involved in the conflict, and had been trying to calm the situation when he was attacked and killed.
A promising young sportsman, Dunne’s death has sent shockwaves through his hometown of Ballymun, where friends and family gathered this week to remember him
Keane took to social media to pay tribute to the teen.
Keane said: "RIP Josh. This is heartbreaking. A talented young footballer gone way too soon."
An accomplished player who had made a mark in the ranks at both St Kevin’s and Bohemians, the two clubs were also among those to honour the Ballymun native.
Bohemian Football Club 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."
St Kevin's Football Club also paid their respects in an emotional statement.
They wrote: "It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the sudden and untimely death of one of our players Josh Dunne last night.
"On speaking to Josh's Manager’s Mark, Gerry, Peter and all the lads from his team they are all devastated to hear the sad news.
"Josh was a very talented footballer and well-liked by all his teammates and will be sadly missed by all of us.
"In his time at St Kevin’s Josh enjoyed great success with our DDSL Premier sides, DDSL representative team and the Bohs/SKB under 15 LOI team.
"At this sad time our thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family, extended relations, and friends. Rest in peace Josh."
Gardai have arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of the teenager’s murder.
He is being detained in Store Street garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.