# On The Mend
Galway's Fergal Moore recovered after being knocked out in hurling league game
The defender had to spend two days in hospital after the league semi-final against Kilkenny in Thurles.

IT’S JUST OVER three weeks since he was knocked out after an accidental collision in Semple Stadium but Galway’s Fergal Moore has recovered and is back in action.

Moore was involved in a sickening clash with Kilkenny attacker Walter Walsh that felled both players during the first-half of their league semi-final tie.

It resulted in a lengthy delay to the game as both players were treated before Moore was stretchered off and had to spend the following two days in hospital.

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But the Galway defender revealed to yesterday that he has completely recovered and is back in training.

“I am 100 per cent. I had to take a couple of weeks off mandatory after concussion. It is just one of those things, I went to give him a shoulder and turned funny and hit him wrong.

“I don’t remember it at all. He is a big unit but if he was 2’2 I probably would have knocked myself out anyway with the way I hit him. I think it was more a clash of heads more than anything.

“I was in hospital for two days after just for observation. I got very  good medical care from Dr Dan Murphy and the Tipperary doctor Peter Murchin.

I am very thankful to them and the staff in Thurles. They brought me to Clonmel  and the staff were lovely there as well.

“I probably could have gone home that night but they have these protocols after head injuries and they have to follow them. They can’t take any risks. I wasn’t happy about it but you have to respect that and I got top class care.”

Moore insists that the incident is not going to colour his outlook heading into championship combat this summer.

“People say sport is dangerous. But I think when talk about jockeys and other sports, they are far more dangerous than hurling is. It is a contact sport. To the outside eye it looks very dangerous and people are swinging hurls. But when you are actually playing it it is not that dangerous at all.

“There will be collisions but they are few and far between in comparison to other sports. I don’t think any hurler would be worried about that going out onto the pitch.”

Kilkenny’s Michael Rice and Galway’s Fergal Moore.
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