Friday 30 September 2016

GAA star is injured breaking up prison fight sparked over hygiene

Published 08/06/2015 | 02:30

Donal Ward in action for Roscommon
Donal Ward in action for Roscommon

A GAA star is recovering after being injured while breaking up a fight in Cloverhill jail where he works as a prison officer.

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Donal Ward (26) plays with Dublin team Kilmacud Crokes and is also an inter-county player for his home county of Roscommon where he plays as a defender.

He received a shoulder injury in Cloverhill yesterday morning breaking up the fight between a renowned violent inmate and an elderly prisoner.

Another prison officer received a facial injury in the incident.

The trouble flared when the violent inmate in the prison for offenders awaiting trial attacked another prisoner who is in his 60s.

"It was a row sparked by a hygiene matter. It seems the younger of the two was annoyed that the older man was not having showers and it all got heated and kicked-off," said a source.

Donal Ward and a colleague intervened to break up the fight on the B1 landing around recreation time at 11.30am yesterday.

It was while they were separating the two prisoners that they were injured.

It is not believed the prison officers were attacked directly but were hurt while stopping the row.

One sustained facial injuries and Donal Ward was taken to Tallaght Hospital to have his shoulder injury examined.

Boxer

"He plays inter-county football so I suppose he had more of a reason to get checked out," the source added.

Ward is due to be on the panel when Roscommon meet Sligo in their senior championship game away in Markievicz Park on Saturday week, June 20.

As well as being well-known and respected in GAA circles Ward is also a keen amateur boxer.

In 2013 he won a gold medal in the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast.

attacked another prisoner who is in his 60s.

"It was a row sparked by a hygiene matter. It seems the younger of the two was annoyed that the older man was not having showers and it all got heated

and kicked-off," said a source.

Donal Ward and a colleague intervened to break up the fight on the B1 landing around recreation time at 11.30am yesterday morning.

It was while they were separating the two prisoners that they were injured.

It is not believed the prison officers were attacked directly but were hurt while stopping the row.

One sustained facial injuries and Donal Ward was taken to Tallaght Hospital to have his shoulder injury examined.

"He plays inter-county football so I suppose he had more of a reason to get checked out," the source added.

Ward is due to be on the panel when Roscommon meet Sligo in their senior championship game away in Markievicz Park on Saturday week, June 20.

As well as being well-known and respected in GAA circles Ward is also a keen amateur boxer.

In 2013 he won a gold medal in the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast.

Irish Independent

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