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From tragedy to triumph: How a horror accident killed Gerry O'Rourke's soccer dream - but failed to halt remarkable career

'I remember being down the hospital and I had to wait for consent forms to be signed'

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Gerry O’Rourke bounced back from losing his legs as a teenager in a rail accident to represent his country at 2 Paralympic games. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gerry O’Rourke bounced back from losing his legs as a teenager in a rail accident to represent his country at 2 Paralympic games. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gerry O’Rourke bounced back from losing his legs as a teenager in a rail accident to represent his country at 2 Paralympic games. Photo: Gerry Mooney

If events had transpired differently, Gerry O’Rourke would be dusting off some green velvet caps from a long, successful football career.

The dream was to play at the highest level, and more importantly, for Ireland. His abilities certainly matched the youthful ambition.

It was the path in which the sports-mad teenager was heading down and also the journey he had set his heart on growing up in the Dublin townland of Inchicore in the late 1970s.


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