Father of boy (13) injured when adults invaded hurling game 'glad he is alive'
Published 17/09/2016 | 02:30
The father of a 13-year-old hurler who was left unconscious following a melee at an under-age hurling game has said he is "just happy" that his son is alive.
Simon Kennedy had to be brought to hospital after an under-14 hurling match in Kilkenny was abandoned after adults stormed onto the pitch during the match.
He was tended to by a nurse on the field before an ambulance arrived.
Gardaí are investigating the incident following the under-14 hurling match between Galmoy Windgap and Tullogher Rosbercon at Saint John's Park, Hebron Road on Wednesday.
"I'm just happy that Simon is alive and well," his father Séamus Kennedy said. Mr Kennedy was an umpire at the under-age hurling match.
The melee erupted after adult supporters of Galmoy Windgap invaded the pitch and adults from the opposing club then ran onto the pitch.
Young players also became involved in the chaotic scenes.
Simon is a star player for Tullogher Rosbercon. "My wife and I are very upset," his father said.
"We're only coming to terms with it now. I'd like to thank the nurse and all the people in the club and the GAA for their support," Mr Kennedy added.
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John Ryan, chairman of the Tullogher Rosbercon GAA club, described it as "the worst incident I've ever seen at a match".
A number of incidents had occurred during the game and as the game drew to a close, angry supporters of Galmoy Windgap ran onto the pitch amid unruly scenes.
A number of supporters of Tullogher Rosbercon reacted to the invasion by running on to the pitch as "a schmozzle" got under way, Mr Ryan said.
Simon was taken to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny, where he received treatment before being released.
Gardaí are investigating the alleged assault.