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GAA ref in stable condition after collapsing during match

Situation could have been worse but for presence of on-site defibrillator, says county board spokesman.

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A GAA REFEREE is in a stable condition in hospital after he collapsed during a senior football match in Newry last night, the Irish News reports (print edition).

Maeve Connolly writes that one of Longstone GAA’s backroom team used a pitch-side defibrillator when Gabriel Tumelty, 46, collapsed towards the end of the club’s game against Burren in Pairc Esler.

Though an ambulance arrived within minutes of being called, a Down County Board spokesman said afterwards that the situation could have been worse if there had been no on-site medical equipment.

In 2007, the GAA launched a nationwide initiative to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at every county ground for use by trained personnel.

Read more of Maeve Connolly’s report in today’s Irish News (print edition) >

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