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Michael O'Neill's father in stable condtion after suffering a suspected heart attack

By Allan Preston

The father of Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill is in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

It's understood his football manager son has cancelled his appointments to be at his father's bedside.

Des O'Neill was in Belfast's Central train station on Tuesday morning when he suddenly became unwell.

Quick-thinking staff at the station came to his aid when he slumped over, performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

One Translink worker, who preferred not to be named, said he was relieved Mr O'Neill was recovering.

Recalling the moment he saw Mr O'Neill become unwell, he said: "I just immediately got him on the ground, shouted to my colleague to dial 999 and started giving CPR.

"The inspector came over and handed me the phone. He took over the CPR while I explained to the Ambulance Service exactly what happened."

On Monday night Mr O'Neill and his wife Patricia had been at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards to support their son.

The Northern Ireland team picked up four awards including manager and team of the year.

Last year Mr O'Neill Snr spoke of his pride at seeing the team qualify for Euro 2016.

"I would always watch soccer, but I was always on the other side of the fence with GAA and played hurling and Gaelic football. However, I regularly went to watch Michael play at Coleraine," he said.

"Most of the time he is calm and collected, but when Northern Ireland had finally qualified at Windsor Park, he took off down the sideline like a greyhound. When you achieve something like that, it's very hard to sit there all cool, calm and collected."

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