Commons eulogy for late Derry City legend Mark Farren

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SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has praised the spirit and determination shown by former Derry City footballer Mark Farren - who died in February after a long battle with cancer.

During a debate in Westminster, Mr Durkan said: “One of the reasons why my constituents (in Derry) are so aware of brain tumours at the moment is that the top-class footballer Mark Farren, a young man of 33, died in February.

“He was a record-setting and record-breaking goal scorer who played for Derry City and Glenavon. He tragically lost his battle, even though the football family - not just those in Ireland, but people here such as Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane and others - raised money to help to get innovative treatment for him. He lost his battle, but the fight goes on.”