Saturday 16 December 2017

Former All Star footballer Ronan Clarke out of intensive care

Ronan Clarke in action for Armagh in 2009
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Injured GAA star Ronan Clarke has made a significant step forward in his recovery after he was moved out of intensive care at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The former Armagh player, who was on the 2002 All-Ireland winning side, suffered a serious head injury while playing for Pearse Og against Maghery in the Armagh club championship on Saturday.

He collided with a goalpost at speed during the game and was rushed to intensive care at Craigavon Area Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Gaelic Life is today reporting that the two-time All Star is now out on intensive care and will undergo tests in the coming days.

Adrian Clarke, father of the injured footballer spoke yesterday of how his family are "living hour by hour".

Read more: We are just living hour by hour, says dad of GAA star

"We are quite happy to date with his progress, and as far as we can ascertain at the present time he is making gradual progress," he said before Clarke came out of intensive care.

"With this situation it is going to take time, but the signs are good. We are happy in that respect. If you were to put a time frame on it, we just don't know. It's day by day, hour by hour."

Clarke got married a few weeks ago and his new bride Michelle and his extended family have been at his bedside since the accident.

The newlyweds had only just returned from their first honeymoon in Malta and were due to travel to Rome for a further celebration yesterday.

Speaking of her brother's wife, Sinead said: "Michelle is holding up OK.

"As long as Ronan is OK we will all be fine, he is all that is important at the minute."

She also issued a message of gratitude to everyone who was rallying round the family and said that Ronan was normally a "very shy" man who would be overwhelmed by the support he has attracted.

She said: "We as a family along with Ronan's wife Michelle would like to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers.

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