Tuesday 28 January 2020

More hospital tests for DJ as he battles stress and anxiety

Sarah Newman and DJ Carey's financial problems are said to have contributed to the couple's break-up
Sarah Newman and DJ Carey's financial problems are said to have contributed to the couple's break-up
Sarah Newman and DJ Carey had it all at one stage, including a chalet in Zermatt, Switzerland

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

HURLING superstar DJ Carey remains in hospital undergoing tests after he suffered a panic attack.

It was initially thought the GAA All-Star turned businessman left St Luke's hospital in Kilkenny city late on Tuesday night.

While Mr Carey was moved from the coronary care unit, it is understood he is still in hospital in Kilkenny.

A family source said he was admitted to the coronary care unit of the hospital after he complained of chest pains and collapsed in the nearby garda station where he had been collecting a form.

Mr Carey had been touching his chest and thought he was having palpitations.

DJ (41), who recently split from his long-term partner, former TV 'Dragon' and entrepreneur Sarah Newman, was under "severe strain" according to his family. Initially they had feared he may have had a heart attack, however, so far tests have given the sportsman the all-clear.

He was due to attend an appointment for an angiogram in St James's hospital in Dublin yesterday; however, it is unclear if he attended.

A family source confirmed, however, that he was still receiving treatment and felt "okay".

Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody, who trained DJ Carey, refused to comment on the matter yesterday.

Mr Cody, who looked visibly concerned about DJ, said he would not comment as it was a health matter. He was speaking from his office in St Patrick's Boys NS in Kilkenny where he is principal. There was no one at home yesterday at Mr Carey's family home in Gowran, Co Kilkenny, where his parents Maura and John live.

The Careys were not home and a neighbour said they had left the area. It is understood the family desperately want privacy while they offer their son support in his recovery. Previously they said he was "comfortable".

It is believed that Mr Carey is receiving further treatment as he is stressed after dealing with financial pressures, the collapse of his business and personal problems, including his break-up from Ms Newman.

So far, Mr Carey, has not responded to attempts to contact him about his health.


His ex-wife, Christine Preston, and two sons, have been supporting him as he tries to recover from the strain of recent weeks.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who knows DJ Carey personally from seeing him at numerous public events over the years in their native Kilkenny and also at GAA fixtures, last night wished him a "speedy recovery".

"I know DJ Carey very well and I'm sorry to see him unwell. He's gone through a very difficult time. It's not easy when you fall into ill-health associated with unfortunate developments," he said.

There was also an outpouring of sympathy for Mr Carey in the hurling community in Kilkenny with good wishes flooding his local radio station KCLR 96fm. His local newspaper, 'The Kilkenny People', published yesterday did not include any report on his health scare.

The paper's website, however, reported that Mr Carey had been released from hospital yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, friends of Mr Carey's have condemned Ms Newman for speaking publicly about the couple's split at the weekend. One said: "DJ was hurt by that. It looked like she wanted to get her side out first but he would not want to talk about their private life."

Ms Newman had revealed that it was Mr Carey's decision to call off the couple's summer wedding and she had to cancel the arrangements. She is believed to be staying with her mother in the UK.

Ms Newman and Mr Carey had judgments for more than €9m against them both in the Commercial Court last year in favour of AIB Mortgage Bank.

The couple's separation will bring huge pressures as their business are inter-linked and they own properties together.

During his career, Mr Carey won five All-Ireland titles and nine All-Star awards and was regarded as the finest hurler of his generation.

Irish Independent

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