Monday 23 April 2018

GAA player fights for life after collapsing during club match

John O'Mahony

A KERRY GAA star who collapsed during a club game at the weekend was still clinging to life at Cork University Hospital late last night.

Brendan O'Driscoll remained critically ill and family members were maintaining a vigil at his bedside in the hospital's intensive care unit.

The 28-year-old builder was playing for his club, Annascaul, against neighbouring Lispole in the West Kerry Championship on Sunday when he fell to the ground 10 minutes into the second half.

The ball was at the other end of the pitch at the time and there was no other player close to him. It is believed he may have suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Players from both sides rushed to his assistance before an ambulance arrived to bring Mr O'Driscoll to Kerry General Hospital. He was later transferred to Cork University Hospital where he was placed under the care of a specialist neurosurgical team.

Mr O'Driscoll, a nephew of former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Tommy Doyle, is a very accomplished sportsman and one of the star players on the Annascaul team.

He had contributed 1-1 as his side built up a 1-4 to 0-4 lead in Sunday's key local derby. He was also an influential wing forward on the West Kerry divisional side that lost to Dr Crokes in the county senior championship semi-final the previous weekend.

The Annascaul man, who is not married, is a talented soccer player and regularly lined out with Lisselton Rovers and Camp United as well as representing Ireland at the junior international grade and Kerry at inter-county level.

Paying tribute to Mr O'Driscoll last night, Annascaul GAA Club PRO, Sean Barry, remarked: "Brendan is a vital member of our club. He was our captain last year and he is one of our senior players

"He never lets the club down. He is a fantastic footballer, an all-round gentleman and a decent, down to earth guy."

Mr Barry said the thoughts of everybody at the club were with Brendan's parents, Vincent and Mary, his sister and four brothers.

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