Sunday 19 November 2017

'I want to beat the odds' – Some of the country's best hurlers to feature in fundraiser for paralysed GAA star

Jamie Hall in action for Cork
Jamie Hall in action for Cork Newsdesk Newsdesk

Traditional rivals Cork and Kilkenny will do battle this weekend in aid of a stricken Cork dual player who has been left paralysed from the waist down.

Jamie Wall had enjoyed nothing but success until he was cruelly struck down with injury last year.

He was part the Rebels 2010 All-Ireland minor football team that lost to Tyrone and played for three years on the U-21 team, while also claiming  place on the 2012 and 2013 U-21 hurling squads.

However, what started as a "small, dull kind of pain" in the middle of his back in the week of Cork's Munster intermediate final hurling win over Tipperary last June, a match which he had featured in, spiralled into something so much more sinister within days, prompting a frantic rush to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and emergency surgery.

He was diagnosed with an epidural abscess on the spine, which has since left him paralysed from the midriff down and this Saturday the Cats and Rebels will renew rivalries at Pairc Ui Rinn at 7pm to raise funds.

"My odds are not what I would like them to be," he told The Irish Daily Star. "But I want to try and beat those odds."

"I am keeping myself in the best possible position. If it does not work out, then I will know that I have done everything possible I could have. Like playing sport, you try your best and that is the main thing," he added.

Tickets for the event are €10 for an adult and €5 for under-16s and will also be available at the turnstiles on the night.

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