Ryan McBride's funeral takes place in Derry

The Derry City captain passed away earlier this week

Ryan McBride's funeral takes place in Derry

The remains of the late Derry City captain, Ryan McBride, are carried to the hearse. Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

The funeral of Derry City captain Ryan McBride has taken place earlier on Thursday at St Columba’s Church Longtower in the city.

President Michael D. Higgins was in attendance as hundreds gathered to pay their respects.

The remains of the late Derry City captain, Ryan McBride, are carried to the hearse Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

Speaking at the funeral mass, Father Aidan Mullen said: "As captain he was an inspirational leader in the dressing room and on the field of play."

“In the last several weeks Ryan was pivotal in great performances and contributed greatly to Derry's perfect start to the season; quick reflexes, heady play and competitive spirit, made him a great role model for many young boys and girls as well as City supporters and fans throughout the area.”

Derry City fans show their respect to the late Ryan McBride. Image: ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty