Belfast Telegraph

Injured GAA player is flown to London for treatment

By Claire McNeilly

A young GAA player is seriously ill in hospital after sustaining serious head injuries in an accident. Conleth McGrenaghan (19), from near Randalstown in Co Antrim, has been taken to London for treatment after a fall earlier this week.

Friends and the local community have rallied round his distraught parents, John and Nuala, who have travelled to England and are continuing to maintain a vigil at their teenage son's bedside.

A fundraising campaign was launched recently for the young undergraduate, who studies in Belfast, and by yesterday afternoon more than £15,000 had been raised.

The 'GoGetFunding' page describes Conleth as "a young dedicated member of Creggan GAA, who contributes massively to his community".

"Conleth... has unfortunately had an accident in the past week, resulting in a serious head injury," it reads.

"He is currently undergoing life-saving treatment.

"This page has been set up to help Conleth McGrenaghan's family, who have had to travel to London to be close to Conleth at this time.

"This is an unexpected expense to the family who are remaining close to Conleth during this vital time."

It adds: "Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continuous prayers and support."

Meanwhile, Kickhams Creggan GAC, Conleth's club, posted a message on its official website on behalf of Mr and Mrs McGrenaghan thanking everyone for supporting their son.

"John, Nuala and the family have asked to pass on their sincere thanks to everyone in the club and the community," it reads.

"The support and offers of help they have received from all of us has been very touching and very much appreciated, it has helped the family get through the last few traumatic days.

"Conleth is now in London getting the best care available and the family said that the biggest help that he can get from all of us is to remember Conleth in our prayers."

Another message, issued by the club itself, said it has plans for a fundraising initiative.

"As we all know Conleth is battling away as we know he will do," it reads.

"We as a club really appreciate the kind words of support and offers of help from members, friends and local GAA clubs.

"After talking things over with the family, we have decided we will run a major fundraising event in the near future for Conleth and the amazing hospitals that have helped him."

If you want to help Conleth's family, here's a link to the fundraising page:

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