Wednesday 24 January 2018

Former All Star Kevin McCloy in a "stable condition" after collapsing during championship game

Lavey captain and former Derry All Star Kevin McCloy was rushed to hospital last night
Lavey captain and former Derry All Star Kevin McCloy was rushed to hospital last night

Derry All-Star GAA player Kevin McCloy is in a stable condition after collapsing on the pitch during a club game last night.

The 35-year-old collapsed on the pitch during the second round of the Derry GAA championship in Owenbeg and was immediately rushed to hospital in Altnagelvin.

It is suspected that the highly decorated player suffered a heart attack during the game.

His team, Erin's Own, in Lavey, of which he is the captain, was playing against Magherfelt.

A statement, released this morning by the family of Kevin McCloy, said: “Kevin was taken ill on Wednesday evening, 13 August at Owenbeg GAA grounds.

"He received attention from the emergency services at the scene and was transferred to hospital where he is stable and currently undergoing assessment.

"Kevin’s wife and family are very grateful to those who are caring for Kevin and to all who have offered good wishes and prayers for Kevin. At this time they request that their privacy be respected.”

The match was immediately abandoned by club officials as paramedics rushed to the aid of the player on the pitch.

A statement from Derry GAA Chairperson, John Keenan read: “The thoughts of Derry GAA, its clubs and players are with Kevin McCloy, his family and all at Lavey GAA.

We would like to praise the players, match officials and stewards, and the medical teams of both clubs at Owenbeg for their swift actions in attending Kevin. In particular,

"I wish to commend the efforts of the doctors and paramedics present at the ground, and the swift response of the paramedics from Altnagelvin Hospital.”

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