GAA player collapses during game

Posted on: October 25, 2011

By Mortimer Murphy

TALENTED Annascaul and West Kerry GAA player Brendan O’Driscoll, 28, was removed to Cork University Hospital last night after collapsing in a club game.

Shocked teammates and opponents watched as O’Driscoll collapsed while playing for his club in the West Kerry Championship against Lispole yesterday. He fell to the ground 10 minutes into the second half while the ball was at the other end of the pitch.

Annascaul were leading 1-4 to 0-4 at the time, with O’Driscoll having contributed 1-1 and referee Peter Lyons immediately stopped the game. O’Driscoll received attention from his cousin and teammate, Gene Farrell, before a doctor arrived and after about 20 minutes he was rushed to Kerry General Hospital.

A spokesman for his club said it was feared that the player may have suffered a brain haemorrhage and described his condition as serious. O’Driscoll was later transferred to Cork University Hospital as his family, friends and teammates gathered around him.

O’Driscoll is also a talented soccer player and was capped by Irish Junior International manager Gerry Smyth three years ago, having played with both Lisselton Rovers and Camp United in the Kerry District League.

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