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Stephen's girl hurt in smash

Stephen Ireland's partner has been badly hurt in a car crash, it has emerged.

The soccer star is today maintaining a bedside vigil in hospital for injured Jessica Lawlor.

The beautiful mum (25), who grew up in Cork, was returning home after a night out when the Audi driven by a pal crashed into a tree.

Jessica, who was a front seat passenger in the car, suffered multiple injuries.

Her midfielder partner, who's on loan from Aston Villa to Newcastle United, is said to be "devastated".