Sudden death of dual player rocks Cork GAA

Posted on: October 26, 2011

The GAA community in Cork has been rocked by the sudden death of a 28-year-old footballer after a club training session earlier this week.

Kieran Hegarty, from Ringaskiddy, collapsed during the training session for the Shamrocks club before being taken into the dressing room on Tuesday evening.

Action was taken immediately and a defibrillator was used in an effort to resuscitate him but, tragically, he was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital later that night.

It is suspected that Kieran, a talented dual player, is a victim of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, which has claimed a number of young GAA players in recent years, including the life of Tyrone football star Cormac McAnallen in 2004.

A post mortem was carried out yesterday which is expected to confirm the cause of death.

A statement issued by Shamrocks GAA club said: “This is a most traumatic and shocking experience for our club, its players, members and a wide circle of supporters in the Lower Harbour area.”

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