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FAI tribute to late Sligo photographer Anthony Connolly during Republic of Ireland’s win over Hungary

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The late Anthony Connolly. Pic: Carl Brennan.

The Football Association of Ireland paid tribute to the late Anthony Connolly during the Republic of Ireland’s win over Hungary at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Mr Connolly was a keen amateur photographer and a sports fanatic following both soccer and gaelic games throughout the county.

He was a keen follower of Arrow Harps and Sligo Rovers and also his local GAA team Shamrock Gaels and the County team.

He photographed countless matches from The Showgrounds and Markievicz Park to Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium.

He travelled to many Republic of Ireland away matches and a highlight was when he was the FAI’s official photographer during the FAI’s Festival of Football held in Sligo in the summer of 2015 which included a visit to the county of then CEO John Delaney.

The Riverstown man was well known throughout the county and indeed the country having made an impression on everyone he met.

Mr Connolly died tragically in October following an accident near his home in which he was struck by a van.

He was remembered by the FAI on Tuesday night in a tribute video that was played at half-time, and was mentioned in the match programme.

A number of Mr Connolly’s family members were in attendance at the game.

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