Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mementos of a life cut short at player's wake

Majella O'Sullivan

Football boots from his last match, played just five days before, were among the mementos of Brendan 'Bawnie' O'Driscoll's life placed near his coffin at the family home in Curraduff outside the village of Camp in Co Kerry last night.

The young GAA star lost his battle for life on Wednesday three days after he collapsed at a match in Annascaul, on Sunday afternoon.

Last night, pictures of a laughing Bawnie with friends and family greeted mourners at his wake.

Bawnie (28) collapsed on the field with a suspected brain haemorrhage just 10 minutes into the second half after contributing a goal and a point to his team's tally of 1-4 against neighbours Lispole in the West Kerry Championship.

He was given medical attention at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to Kerry General Hospital. He was later transferred to Cork University Hospital where he died on Wednesday surrounded by his family.

A large crowd is expected at his funeral Mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Annascaul, today at 1.30pm. He will be buried in the New Cemetery in Camp afterwards.

Irish Independent

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