Dundalk FC players past and present took to social media at the weekend to pay tribute to Harry Taaffe following his tragic passing.

Confirming his death on Sunday, the official club social media account said they were “absolutely devastated” by the news with those sentiments echoed by pretty much all who knew him.

Chris Shields was among the first of the current squad to pay tribute, saying: “A man who’s been there with me since day 1 at the club. In that time he was groundsman, camera man, videographer and even head of security for a mad night out in Luxembourg. But above all that he was a friend. Rest in peace Harry. Sincerest condolences to all the Taaffe family.”

Defender Daniel Cleary said: “Would do anything for anyone in the club and would always bring a smile to your face can’t believe it! R.i.P Harry you will be missed terrible.”

Goalkeeper Aaron McCarey added: “Such terrible news. Harry was a fantastic character and one that all teams need around. Condolences to all his family and friends. RIP Harry.”

His colleague Gary Rogers said: “A very sad day, Harry was a Dundalk man to the core, a huge character who couldn’t do enough for you, he will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family. RIP Harry.”

Daniel Kelly said: “Absolutely heartbreaking news, an absolute gentleman and would do anything for anyone. You’ll be missed by everybody. RIP H.”

Former club chairman Mike Treacy said: “I’m devastated. Your signature wink. Your shimmy into a room. Your passion. Rest easy my friend.”

Former Lilywhites defender Paddy Barrett said: “Awful news. Such a gent, everybody’s friend, one of the nicest men you’ll meet! H, Sleep tight my friend.”

Another former Dundalk star, Jamie McGrath said: “Horrible horrible news. Rest in peace H. Condolences to all the Taaffe family.”

Former Dundalk defender Dave Rogers said: “The foundation of any football club is not only about the players, it’s also the staff, volunteers and fans behind the scenes who work tirelessly to help create the success and culture. Dundalk FC had the very best in Harry Taaffe, a proper club man. May he Rest In Peace.”

Lilywhites legend Martin Lawlor also paid his condolences, saying: “Sincere condolences to Harry’s family and all his family ……and his many friends ….a true club man and gentleman….God Bless all !!!”