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Ex-GAA chief John O'Reilly dies after being assaulted in hospital

John O'Reilly / Credit: Armagh GAA
John O'Reilly / Credit: Armagh GAA

A former head of the GAA's Ulster Council has died a week after being assaulted in hospital.

The death of John O'Reilly was first reported by the Irish News.

He was allegedly assaulted by another male patient in a 24-bed dementia ward in the Gillis Unit in Armagh.

The 83-year-old father-of-seven was transferred to Royal Victoria Hospital where he passed away on Tuesday.

Police confirmed it has received a report on December 5 of an assault on a man in his 80s in the Gillis Unit in Armagh, part of Mullinure Health and Wellbeing Centre at St Luke's Hospital.

"The man was subsequently treated at another hospital for his injuries. However, he has since died," a spokesman said.

"A post mortem is due to take place to determine the cause of death."

The attack happened on December 4.

The BBC reports the police have prepared a file for the Public Prosecution Service in relation to a man in his 70s who is also a patient in the hospital.

In a statement posted to its Twitter page, Armagh GAA said: "It was with deep regret that Armagh County Board learned the sad news of the passing of John O’Reilly @crossrangers Armagh County Board and all associated with the GAA wish to send sincere sympathies to his wife Angela, to his family, friends, neighbours and club."

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