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Sadness as soccer star Mark Farren dies 03.02.16

TRIBUTES have flowed this morning following the death of Greencastle-born soccer star Mark Farren (33) after a brave six-year battle with cancer.
The former Derry City player who was the Candystripes' all-time leading goal scorer, tragically passed away this morning.
The talented striker had lined out in the past for Finn Harps, Monaghan United and Glenavon but his star truly rose in Derry where he notched up 114 goals with the Brandywell club.
He was named League of Ireland player of the year in 2005.
Derry Mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion was among those leading tributes today.
She said she was "devastated" at the sportsman's passing and expressed her sympathy to the Farren and Holmes families on their loss.
“This is a very sad day for the people of Derry and Donegal.
Mark Farren was a star player for Derry City
Mark was a true gentlemen in every sense of the word. He loved sport and was a real ambassador for soccer across the North West.
"The top goal scorer for Derry City FC, Mark Farren was a true legend of Derry City FC and a fantastic role model for young people across the city and region. Everyone associated with soccer across the city and region will be devastated at this tragic news today."
Cllr McCallion added: “I had the honour of hosting a reception for Mark, his wife Terri and his extended family members last year in the Guildhall. I was deeply touched by their resilience and determination to do all they could to help Mark battle against his illness and at the positive way in which they coped."
Numerous fundraisers were held across the North West and beyond to raise funds to help the popular player.
Mark Farren with his wife, Terri Louise
The Greencastle native had travelled to Mexico for pioneering treatment as he bravely fought brain cancer.
Cllr McCallion said: "The support from the public for Mark was truly phenomenal, everyone got behind him and the efforts he and his family made to battle against his illness. He will be greatly missed and my thought and prayers go out to his wife, Terri , his parents Michael and Kathleen, his sisters Bridget and Katrina, brother Philip and wider Farren and Holmes families in Derry and Greencastle on their sad loss. Rest in peace Mark."
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