The parents of Brendan Og Duffy attended Friday night’s Ulster Under-20 final between Monaghan and Down.
The talented Monaghan captain was tragically killed just hours after his side’s semi-final win against Donegal earlier in July.
And the tragic teen’s parents made an appearance with Brendan’s father also speaking to TG4 at half time to thank people for their support over the past couple of weeks.
There were emotional scenes at the Athletic Grounds as a moment’s silence turned into a moment’s applause before the game, reports the Irish Mirror.
And at the six minute mark there was also a minute’s applause as ‘Ogie’ traditionally lined out at the number six position of centre back.
Monaghan forced extra time with a last gasp free but it was Down who came out winners with two superb extra time goals.
Monaghan also left the number six sport unmarked in honour of their captain.
The Monaghan number six spot was kept empty (Image: Ulster GAA)
And Down star Ruairi O’Hare revealed after his man of the match winning performance that he could relate to the Monaghan players after he said goodbye to a friend.
Speaking to TG4, he said: “My condolences go to the Monaghan boys. I personally know exactly how they are feeling.
“A year and a half ago a person in my own club passed away, my best friend who I was living with. We had to go and play a relegation play-off a week and a half later and I know that feeling in the stomach they are having now and it’s not nice.
“It’s not nice for them boys and there are bigger things than football here. I would just like to dedicate this to my mate Niall Laverty and I love him so much and miss him every day and I wish he was here now.”