Friday 20 April 2018

Tributes paid to 'fantastic' girl (14) who died after collapsing during GAA match

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Wayne O’Connor and Robin Schiller

A teenage girl has died in Wexford after she collapsed during a training session with her local GAA side.

Ciara Ryan (14), died after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage last night.

She had just finished training with Kilanerin GAA Club in Gorey and was playing with friends on the pitch hen she complained of feeling unwell.

Locals said she initially complained of a pain in her leg and then a headache before she got sick and collapsed.

A local doctor and paramedic were nearby and delivered first aid at the scene.

She was later brought to Wexford General Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Tonight Ciara was hailed as a "fantastic girl" by members at her local GAA club.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the family," a club spokesman said.

"We are deeply saddened by these events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with Trish and Anton her parents, her sister Eabha and brother Jack, extended family and friends."

The club said everyone who knew her will miss her.

It is understood Ciara, who played under 14s camogie, did not suffer a head injury before she collapsed.

A post mortem examination will be carried out.

It had been suspected that Ciara suffered a brain haemorrhage.

"Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated," the spokesman said. "Ciara was a fantastic girl and a keen sports person.

"On her last camogie training session last night she played with gusto and will be missed by her fellow teammates."

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