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Oisin Doherty

€141,976 raised by Bohs Christy Dignam tribute jersey for St Francis Hospice

A special Bohemians jersey honouring the late great Christy Dignam has raised over €140,000 for St Francis Hospice.

Bohemians wore the special one-off shirt, which bore the classic Aslan logo instead of usual shirt sponsor Des Kelly interiors, for their clash with Shamrock Rovers on June 23rd.

The one-of-a-kind shirt was put on sale for fans to purchase with all proceeds to be donated to the hospice where Christy Dignam spent his final weeks.

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A touching tribute was paid to the legendary singer on that evening, with his daughter Kiera serenading the Dalymount Park faithful with a rendition of the Aslan smash hit 'Crazy World' at half-time of the 2-2 draw.

Christy passed away at the age of 63 on June 13th after a ten-year battle with cancer.

"Everyone at St Francis Hospice, Bohemian Football Club, the Dignam family and Aslan wishes to express our gratitude to everyone who supported our one-off fundraising jersey in memory of Christy Dignam," reads a joint statement released by Bohemians, St Francis Hospice and the Dignam family.

"Thanks to your support, a cheque of €141,976 - all profits from shirt sales - was presented to St Francis Hospice today, which will go a long way to helping them provide the extraordinary service to loved ones and their families.

Christy Dignam’s daughter Kiera singing at Dalymount Park (©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

"We also wish to extend our thanks to our partners Des Kelly Interiors for recognising the importance of fundraising for St Francis Hospice and making this initiative possible by giving up their main sponsor space at the front of our jersey for last month’s Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers.

"Christy, the much-loved Aslan frontman, overcame significant personal challenges to uplift generations across our communities.

"He was cherished by so many, and it has been a privilege to stand with his family and support those who gave him the care and love that he deserved in his final days at St Francis Hospice.

"St Francis Hospice provides a specialist palliative care service for the people of north Dublin city and county and surrounding counties and we encourage anyone who missed out on ordering the Aslan jersey to get behind their fundraising initiatives in any way they can:"

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