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Ronan Clarke: GAA community rallies behind former Armagh footballer following serious head injury

2002 All-Ireland winner is making "slow but steady" progress according to his club.

By Declan Whooley

Published 16/08/2015

Ronan Clarke in action for Armagh during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final replay in 2008. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.
Ronan Clarke in action for Armagh during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final replay in 2008. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

Former Armagh footballer Ronan Clarke is making "slow but steady" progress according to his club this morning after he was admitted to intensive care following a head collision on Friday evening.

The 32-year-old suffered the serious injury while playing for Pearse Og against Maghery in the Armagh club championship, a game Maghery won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-08.

Clarke, a member of the Armagh side which defeated Kerry the 2002 All-Ireland Football Final, was transported to Craigavon Hospital.

A Pearse Og spokesperson this morning that Clarke is making “slow but steady progress”, with Gaelic Life also reporting of an improvement in Clarke's condition.

“Ronan Clarke is understood to have made significant improvement. He remains in intensive care but there have been positive signs with the star expected to undergo tests in the coming days.”

Clarke had scored two points before suffering the injury. It is believed he collided into a goalpost on the pitch before being rushed to hospital.

The two-time All Star got married a few weeks ago and his new bride Michelle and family have been at his bedside since the accident according to local reports.

There has been widespread support from across the GAA community with a  number of high profile players posting their thoughts on social media.

"Desperate news about Ronan Clarke. Great fella. Hope he makes full recovery. No doubt he will. Best wishes fella," Irish Independent and five-time All-Ireland winner Tomás Ó Sé posted on his Twitter account this morning.

"Terrible news regarding Ronan Clarke, here's to a quick and full recovery," former Wexford star Matty Forde added.

One of the deadliest forwards in his prime, Clarke was awarded All Stars in 2006 and 2008 in a career that was often hampered by injuries.

Source: Irish Independent

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