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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Hurler left suffering serious head injuries after attempting to break up fight

Fiona Gribben

Published 22/08/2014 | 18:15

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A TALENTED hurler is making a remarkable recovery after he was seriously injured when he intervened as a peacemaker during a fight.

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Meath player Ciaran Fitzsimons (21), was left fighting for his life after he sustained a serious head injury in the incident which took place last Sunday morning in Athboy.

Mr Fitzsimons, who also plays football for his club Clann na nGael in the town, was at a function when a brawl erupted outside a pub.

It is understood that the 21-year-old intervened to try to stop the row escalating but was struck and fell, hitting his head on the pavement.

He was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, in Drogheda before being later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, in Dublin.

Holiday

His worried parents returned home early from a holiday to be at his bedside as doctors initially feared for his life.

However, Clann na nGael chairman Cathal Joyce told the Herald that Ciaran had made a remarkable recovery.

"We are thrilled to learn that Ciaran is now out of danger and is expected to continue recovering in Beaumont Hospital before being transferred back to Drogheda," he said.

"His parents had feared the worst as the diagnosis had initially been very bleak.

"It just shows you how close to permanent injury you can come from an incident like this and we are just thankful that medical professionals who were attending a wedding nearby were on the scene immediately," he added.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Kells Gardai Station.

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