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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ex-All Star suffers suspected heart attack during game

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

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Derry manager Paddy Crozier and captain Kevin McCloy celebrate with the cup. Allianz National Football League, Division 1 Final, Kerry v Derry, Parnell Park, Dublin. P

Derry All-Star GAA player Kevin McCloy was rushed to hospital after he collapsed during a club match last night.

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The 35-year-old collapsed on the pitch during the second round of the Derry GAA championship in Owenbeg.

It is suspected that the highly decorated player suffered a heart attack during the game.

His team, Erin's Own, in Lavey, of which he is the captain, was playing against Magherfelt.

The match was immediately abandoned by club officials as paramedics rushed to the aid of the player on the pitch.

He was treated at the grounds before being rushed by ambulance to Altnagalvin hospital in Derry where it's understood that he remained in a serious condition last night.

His club reported that he was showing signs of improvement late last night.

However, his friend and former Derry team-mate Joe Brolly said "it's a very serious situation."

"He's definitely had a heart attack during a club match," he told the Irish Independent.

Officials from the club could not be reached for comment last night.

Friends and fans took to Twitter to show their support for the player. A large number of GAA clubs also added their prayers for his recovery.

His home club Lavey GAC tweeted: "Our captain Kevin McCloy has now been transferred to hospital and is showing signs of improvement. Please keep him in your thoughts."

Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, also voiced his support for Mr McCloy.

"Thoughts & prayers with Kevin McCloy, his family & @laveygac. Warmest best wishes for a speedy recovery," he tweeted.

McCloy won an All Star for his performances with Derry in 2007. He also played hurling for Lavey and previously won an Ulster hurling medal for Derry.

The sudden collapse brought back memories of Tyrone player Cormac McAnallen (24), who died in his sleep in March 2004 from an undetected heart condition.

Irish Independent

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