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Celeb Bainisteoir player in head injury scare

CELEBRITY Bainisteoir was involved in real-life drama after a player suffered a severe head injury and was rushed from the field by ambulance.

The incident took place during the game between presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh's Nobber team from Meath and comedian Andrew Maxwell's team St Molaise from Fermanagh last weekend.

Conor Doonan from Irvinestown club, St Molaise, struck his head on one of the concrete posts of the fence that surrounds the pitch during the second half of the game.

He was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he received up to 100 stitches in the head.

"His eye is still closed. It is going to be a process now and he is trying to get better again," his mother Sheila said.


"There is a lot of convalescing to do. The surgeon said she lost count of the stitches."

St Molaise club chairman, Liam Donnelly, said: "He got a bad gash all right. He has well over 100 stitches in his head.

"During the match with 10 minutes to go one of the Nobber players went for the ball. There were big posts at the side of the pitch and his head came in contact with the post.

"It spoiled the day. Andrew Maxwell was very concerned. Conor would have been one of his main players and would have been filmed a lot being interviewed."

Nobber GAA club chairman Dudley Farrell said he had spoken to both the St Molaise club chairman and also Conor Doonan's parents and that the player's scans had thankfully come back all clear.

Mr Farrell, speaking on behalf of Nobber GAA club, has wished Conor a speedy recovery.

In a statement, RTE said: "A player from Irvinestown was injured in the course of a game last Saturday afternoon between the St Molaise and Nobber GAA clubs, filmed as part of the official GAA tournament, Celebrity Bainisteoir.


"The injury was sustained during a tussle for the ball and the player was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda where he received treatment."

The show will air at the end of September.