Mighty Quinn shows true heart a year after mystery illness put him in coma
HIS team lost the county football final yesterday, but even the opposition captain agreed that Joe Quinn was the real winner.
Just over a year ago, he was in a coma and on a life- support machine after his heart stopped for a full 15 minutes due to a mystery illness.
Yesterday, he lined out at full-back for Clara in the Offaly senior football final against Rhode, which Clara lost by a point.
Fellow Clara man Taoiseach Brian Cowen described the 26-year-old as a "great footballer" and an "inspirational figure".
Twelve months ago, the University of Limerick sports science graduate was playing football for Offaly when he was hit by the illness. He was also in the process of setting up his business, Advanced Sports Performance Ireland, which provides training for sports teams and individuals.
"The team mates have been top class. When I came back the support I got off them was incredible," he said. "The people in Clara, they are second to none, always asking how you are."