Joe Kernan: Terrible Dinsmore tragedy puts everything in perspective
In a week in which the whole focus in Down was to be on Sunday’s All Ireland senior semi-final against Kildare the sudden death of 17-year-old Patrick Dinsmore has suddenly helped to put a lot of things into perspective
The outcome of a game of football has become something of an irrelevance compared to the terrible loss that the Dinsmore family and the St Peter’s club in Warrenpoint have endured.
For all its perceived imperfections, sport in general is regarded as a safe haven for young people so when a sudden death tragedy occurs on the field of play the shockwaves reverberate far beyond sporting boundaries.
The commendable efforts of the medical personnel who happened to be at the game to revive Patrick, the unstinting efforts of the St Peter’s club officers and members to do everything possible to help the grieving Dinsmore family since the tragedy occurred and the vision to have a defibrillator available all underline that there are many, many people with the best interests of their fellow-man at heart.
The GAA must continue to do everything in its power to ensure that screening processes are further enhanced so that tragedies in the future similar to that which occurred in Rostrevor on Sunday night can be prevented.
The death of Patrick Dinsmore, coming as it does a matter of weeks after the passing of Leitrim player Philly McGuinness following an accidental head injury during a game, will surely reinforce the Association’s desire to protect its greatest asset — the players themselves.