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Thursday 14 December 2017

Kerry GAA player dies days after collapsing on pitch

Majella O'Sullivan

A FOOTBALLER who collapsed during a match on Sunday has died at Cork University Hospital.

The family of Brendan 'Bawnie' O'Driscoll (28), from Camp in Co Kerry, had maintained a vigil at his bedside since the talented footballer was admitted on Sunday evening.

Mr O'Driscoll, who played wing forward with Annascaul and West Kerry, collapsed while playing with his club 10 minutes into the second half.

He was playing in the West Kerry Championship against neighbours Lispole at Paddy Kennedy Memorial Park on Sunday.

His team was leading 1-4 to 0-4 at the time and he contributed the goal and a point to his team's tally.

He was rushed from the scene to Kerry General Hospital but later transferred to CUH where he never regained consciousness.

Tributes have poured in to the young player.

Chairman of the West Kerry Board and Brendan's former trainer John Lenihan said the whole community was devastated by the tragedy.

"Bawnie was a great sportsman who always loved training," Mr Lenihan told the Irish Independent.

Mr O'Driscoll is survived by his parents Vincent and Mary, brothers Jamie, Vincent and Micheal and sister Aisling.

Irish Independent

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