Belfast Telegraph

Croke Park collection to aid coma-hit player

By Louise Small

A collection will be taken up at the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday at Croke Park, in support of stricken Fermanagh footballer Mark McGovern.

Mark (22) was injured in his first match in the US on June 25 as he played for the Ulster GAA club against San Francisco Celts.

A serious head injury in an off-the-ball incident left him in a coma for over a month.

His medical bill has now reached close to £1m.

Unfortunately Mark did not have medical insurance and now his family are faced with paying the massive bill.

Mark plays for Belcoo O’Rahilly’s GAA club in Fermanagh, and earlier this year the talented player turned out for his county in the Dr McKenna Cup. His parents and three sisters travelled to America on June 27 to be at his bedside, and Mark finally regained consciousness at the beginning of August.

He will undergo extensive therapy in order to get back to full health.

Mark had decided to spend his summer break in America playing Gaelic football.

The opponent who is believed to have caused Mark’s injuries has been suspended from the game for two years.

Galway face Dublin in the minor hurling final while Tipperary will take on Kilkenny in the senior final.

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