Derry City F.C. legend, Mark Farren, received one final applause as he was carried to his final resting place at St. Mary’s Church, Ballybrack, Greencastle on Friday morning.
The 33 year-old passed away after a long illness in the early hours of Wednesday morning; he had been battling a brain tumour for the third time.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Foyle MP Mark Durkan, former SDLP leader, John Hume and current SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood joined the North West’s football family at Friday morning’s Requiem Mass.
Former Derry City team mates and members of Greencastle F.C. formed a guard of honour as Mark’s coffin emerged from inside the church.
Mark was buried in the church’s adjoining cemetery beside his three daughters, Terri, Marlie and Millie.
The funeral service homily was read by Fr. Michael Canny.
“In the eight years since his first diagnosis Mark has fought a good fight,” said Fr Canny.
“He was assisted by Terri his wife, his family and many really good friends.
“Mark’s short but highly influential life has left an indelible mark on the life of many people, particularly those involved with football and Derry City F.C. in particular.
“Many say that Mark was central to the success of Derry at that time. Mark had something deep inside him, a desire, a dream, a vision and he went for it.
“He was very committed to his training, clinical at scoring goals in training, as well as being an important player in the dressing room.
“Despite his on the pitch success he was very modest and unassuming. He was never a person to talk up or boast about his achievements. He let his feet and head do the talking.
“My Brandywell insider tells me that when Mark met Terri he was a very happy person and that life was complete for him. His marriage to Terri in 2009 was a very happy occasion for him.”