Derry GAA Allstar collapses on pitch

Published Thursday, 14 August 2014
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Derry Allstar GAA player Kevin McCloy is in a stable condition in hospital after collapsing during a club match on Wednesday night.

Derry GAA Allstar collapses on pitch
Derry's Captain Kevin McCloy gratefully accepts the Dr McKenna Cup in 2011. (© Presseye)

It is believed the 35-year-old suffered a heart attack while captaining Erin's Own, Lavey.

They were playing O'Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt in the second round of the Derry GAA championship in Owenbeg, near Dungiven when he took ill.

The match was abandoned by club officials as paramedics treated Mr McCloy at the scene.

It is understood a defibrillator was used by medics, before the former county captain was rushed to the Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

A statement from his family was released on Thursday morning.

It read: "Kevin was taken ill on Wednesday evening, 13 August at Owenbeg GAA grounds. He received attention from the emergency services at the scene and was transferred to hospital where he is stable and currently undergoing assessment.

"Kevin's wife and family are very grateful to those who are caring for Kevin and to all who have offered good wishes and prayers for Kevin. At this time they request that their privacy be respected."

Derry GAA Chairperson John Keenan said: "The thoughts of Derry GAA, its clubs and players are with Kevin McCloy, his family and all at Lavey GAA.

"We would like to praise the players, match officials and stewards, and the medical teams of both clubs at Owenbeg for their swift actions in attending Kevin.

"In particular, I wish to commend the efforts of the doctors and paramedics present at the ground, and the swift response of the paramedics from Altnagelvin Hospital."

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Martin in Armagh wrote (171 days ago):
A leader on the pitch and a gentleman off it,get well soon Kevin,thoughts and prayers from Gaels throughout Ireland.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (171 days ago):
Get well soon Kevin. You and your family are in our prayers.
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