Community clubs send messages of support to Clarke

Ronan Clarke. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ronan Clarke. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

The community’s gaelic football family moved quickly this week to offer messages of support to Ronan Clarke.

Clarke was placed in a medically-induced coma at Craigavon Area Hospital on Friday after an incident in his club’s game with Maghery.

The Pearse Og player, who won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship with Armagh in 2002, is understood to have sustained a head injury after a collision with a goalpost.

Clarke’s condition was described as ‘serious but stable’ this week.

News of the 32-year-old’s injury led to widespread support across social media, with club members, players and officials voicing hopes for a complete recovery.

Clubs in the area also sent messages of support in to the ‘Times’.

“Everyone at the club is thinking of Ronan at this time and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery,” said a Maghery official. “It was a horrible accident that happened during our match and we pray that it doesn’t happen again.”

A Tir na nOg spokesman described Clarke as “an example to all Gaels both on and off the football field” and how “ as a club, we would like to wish him a speedy recovery”.

Clarke’s family have spent this week in Craigavon Area Hospital.

“Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes from all at Ballyhegan Davitts to Ronan, his new wife Michelle and the Clarke family,” said a Ballyhegan representative. “Get well soon.”

Reports this week described how Clarke had lapsed in and out of consciousness on the way to hospital.

It is understood he was woken from his medically-induced coma by doctors and could recognise loved ones,