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Leading GAA player collapses on pitch

Kevin McCloy in 2011 holding the McKenna Cup

Kevin McCloy in 2011 holding the McKenna Cup

A leading GAA player has been rushed to hospital after collapsing during a game.

A leading GAA player has been rushed to hospital after collapsing during a game.

Paramedics rushed to the aid of 35-year-old Kevin McCloy, the captain of Lavey GAA team, after he collapsed during his club’s Derry Senior Football Championship game against Magherafelt at Owenbeg, near Dungiven at 7.40pm on Wednesday.

It is understood a defibrillator was used on the pitch and he was then taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he was treated in intensive care.

His family said the condition of the former Derry GAA captain and Allstar is now stable.

In a statement they said: “Kevin was taken ill on Wednesday evening, 13 August at Owenbeg GAA grounds. He received attention from the emergency services at the scene and was transferred to hospital where he is stable and currently undergoing assessment. Kevin’s wife and family are very grateful to those who are caring for Kevin and to all who have offered good wishes and prayers for Kevin. At this time they request that their privacy be respected.”

Derry GAA Chairman John Keenan said the thoughts of Derry GAA, its clubs and players are with Kevin McCloy, his family and all at Lavey GAA.

“We would like to praise the players, match officials and stewards, and the medical teams of both clubs at Owenbeg for their swift actions in attending Kevin,” he said. “In particular, I wish to commend the efforts of the doctors and paramedics present at the ground, and the swift response of the paramedics from Altnagelvin Hospital.”

Kevin’s club, Lavey GAA issued a statement on behalf of the club officers, management, players and supporters of Lavey GAA, saying “we would like to express our best wishes to our senior football club captain, Kevin McCloy, his wife and family. They are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time”.

 

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