Tributes are pouring in for Philly McMahon as he remembers the untimely death of his brother

The Dublin defender was nominated footballer of the year in 2015

Tributes are pouring in for Philly McMahon as he remembers the untimely death of his brother

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Dublin's Philly McMahon appeared on Irish television last night and spoke candidly about the loss of his brother John. who died at the age of just 31 in 2012.

During the course of the interview, McMahon said ''everything I am today is because of him. I've seen the pain he's gone through with drugs, and that's probably why I've taken up sport and business."

The formidable defender went on to explain the science behind drug addiction, and also insisted that it is the moral duty of our society to protect drug users where possible.

He also advised that we should consider decriminalising drugs in Ireland.

"When we see addicts in the street, it's important that we don't push them away from society. Social media is so dangerous at the minute and you have people taking pictures of addicts on the street. It's very dangerous because that addict won't want to come back into society. 

"The idea of decriminalising drugs comes from Portugal where the rate of drug abuse has dropped dramatically. They've reduced HIV and drug overdose and now they can control everyone who is an addict. They tax the drug which means they push the drug dealers out".

Since the interview went to air, the online tributes to McMahon have been streaming in: