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Ronan Lennon the GAA player attacked

Ronan Lennon the GAA player attacked

Ronan Lennon the GAA player attacked

COUNTY Board officials have launched an investigation into a GAA match incident that left two players in hospital, one with head injuries.

Ronan Lennon had to be rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital by ambulance after the incident during a reserve game for St Eunan's against Naomh Conaill from Glenties on Sunday.

The St Eunan's player suffered injuries to both his nose and eyes and is awaiting the results of tests. He was released from hospital on Sunday night.

A Glenties player was also taken to hospital by private car.

A spokesman for St Eunan's said: "It was an unsavoury incident towards the end of the game. We will await the referee's report before we decide how we proceed."

It is not known what the extent of his injuries are.

An eyewitness at the game said the incident lasted a couple of minutes.

"It was pretty bad at one stage," said one fan.

"I saw at least two players who had injuries after the incident.

"It broke out very quickly and it got out of control," he said.

Another witness said: "From the stand it looked really bad. The Eunan's player was down for a long time.

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"He was being kicked in the head at one stage."

The referee stopped the match, with St Eunan's leading Naomh Conaill 4-04 to 1-05 at the time.

A full report on the incident is expected to be forward by the referee to the county board.

A County Board spokesman said: "We will await the outcome of a report from the referee before deciding what action to take."

A garda spokeswoman said: "We are aware of an incident at O'Donnell Park.

"However, no complaint has been received at this stage."

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Irish Independent