‘It’s at times like this that we re­alise that we are all part of a great GAA fam­ily’

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT -

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

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