‘It’s at times like this that we realise that we are all part of a great GAA family’
IT was one of the talking points of the weekend, something nobody ever likes to see, serious injuries and a game abandoned.
The clash of two Finuge players – Maurice Corridan and Conor O’Keeffe – forced the referee Billy O’Shea to abandon the game with Na Gaeil in O’Sullivan Park on Sunday afternoon and resulted in an outpouring of sympathy and good will from throughout the county.
Finuge GAA have responded in kind. Disappointed for and obviously distressed by the fate which befell their players, but heartened by the response their misfortune last weekend has generated.
“As you are all aware at this stage unfortunately our senior game versus Na Gaeil on Sunday ended in upsetting and most unfortunate circumstances as two of our players suffered serious injury,” a statement released on Tuesday morning read.
“We have been greatly heartened by the outpouring of support from clubs and
GAA supporters for Maurice Corridan and Conor O’Keeffe and their families. We wish them both a full recovery and hope to see them back in Finuge colours soon again.
“Both players are receiving expert care at University Hospital Kerry and are taking the first steps to recovery. We ask that their privacy and of their families be respected. Whilst the manner of the premature ending of the game was traumatic for everyone there it is only right and proper that the actions of many at the game are recognised. “The prompt and correct decision to halt and end the game was taken by referee Billy O’Shea. His clear and calm communication and concern for the injured players contributed greatly to the situation.
“Finuge GAA Club is greatly appreciative of the aid and comfort provided to our injured players by members of the Na Gaeil GAA Club team. Seamie and Eoin O’Neill being two of note among many.
“The behaviour of all associated with Na Gaeil was a credit to their club and the GAA. This exemplary behaviour is only what we have come to expect from Na Gaeil in our dealings with them throughout the years.
“The injured players were treated in a supportive and careful manner by physio Máire Twiss and others until the arrival of two ambulances to the scene. We are satisfied that all that could be done for the players was done and they were kept as comfortable and stable as possible.
“As always we acknowledge the tremendous work done by the ambulance staff who were considerate, professional and expert in their care.
“The incident caused deep trauma amongst players and spectators alike at the game and we wish to thank most sincerely all who aided the players and club on the day and who have offered their support since. It’s at times like this that we realise that we are all part of a great GAA family.
“We now look forward to getting our senior team back on the playing field for the next round of the club championship and yet again thank everyone for their good wishes and support.”
Players from Tralee Parnells GAA club, Kerry, during Day 4 of the The Go Games Provincial days in partnership with Littlewoods Ireland at Croke Park in Dublin Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile