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Thursday 19 July 2018

Shock as girl (14) collapses and dies after GAA training

Ciara Ryan (14), who died of a suspected brain haemorrhage after training with her GAA club in Kilanerin, Gorey, Co Wexford
Ciara Ryan (14), who died of a suspected brain haemorrhage after training with her GAA club in Kilanerin, Gorey, Co Wexford
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

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

Ciara Ryan (14) died after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage on Thursday night.

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

Locals said she initially complained of a pain in her leg 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.

Her club's camogie officer Enda McDonnell was at the pitch watching another match when she collapsed.

He said her father, Anton, was called for and arrived at the scene just moments later but he was unable to help.

"When she was training, there was no issue. Then she complained about her leg and just collapsed," he said.

"Anton was down at the pitch within a minute. There was a paramedic and a doctor at the match. They treated her as quickly as anyone could. It is just unbelievable.

"Our sympathy and thoughts are with her parents Trish and Anton, her sister Eábha and brother Jack, extended family and friends.

"Ciara was a fantastic girl and a keen sportsperson. On her last training session last night, she played with gusto and will be missed by her fellow teammates."


He added the club only learned of her death yesterday morning. "We are deeply saddened. It is a small community, everyone knows everyone and the GAA pitch is at the heart of it."

Ladies Gaelic Football Association president Marie Hickey described the death as a tragedy.

"Our prayers and sympathies are with Ciara's family, who have suffered such a great and sudden loss.

"This is a tragedy for the community in Gorey, her club mates in Kilanerin, the Gaelic games community in Wexford and in Ireland.

"On behalf of everyone involved in the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Ciara Ryan."

A number of GAA matches in the county were postponed last night as a mark of respect.

Local Labour Councillor Joe Sullivan said he heard of the news on his way to work yesterday morning.

"There is no way of preventing these things or even explaining them. It's shocking," he said.

"Everyone here is in absolute shock, but it is nothing compared with what the family is going through now. They are the people who are suffering the most now. You would be devastated."

Irish Independent

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