GAA star (28) collapses and dies after training session
A YOUNG GAA star collapsed and died just minutes after finishing a training session with his hurling club.
Shamrocks GAA player Kieran Hegarty (28) collapsed and died shortly after he had completed training and was getting changed in the clubhouse at Shanbally in Cork on Tuesday night.
Mr Hegarty had trained as normal with his team-mates in preparation for an eagerly anticipated Cork hurling league tie against local rivals Ballygarvan last night.
It is understood he did not complain of feeling unwell during the session -- but suddenly took ill and collapsed in the dressing room immediately after training.
The club's defibrillator was immediately used to try to revive Mr Hegarty but despite repeated cardiac pulmonary resuscitation by club officials and the fact that he was immediately transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by ambulance, he was later pronounced dead.
Shamrocks officials were shocked by the death and yesterday paid a moving tribute to their star player.
"This is a most traumatic and shocking experience for our club, its players, members and wide circle of supporters here in the lower (Cork) harbour," a statement explained.
"All club activities have been cancelled up to and including next Sunday as a mark of respect."
Club officials said that Mr Hegarty was an incredible servant to the club and to Cork GAA. He was one of the most respected club players in Cork and played a key role in Shamrocks' junior Gaelic football triumph last season.
Originally from Monkstown, he had been living in Carrigaline over recent years.
He is survived by his mother, Mary, and his sisters, Sinead and Susan.
A full post-mortem examination was conducted at Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday.