'Devastation' as teenage girl dies while playing GAA match in Wexford

The tragedy happened at Kilanerin GAA near Gorey.

Updated 6.39 pm

A TEENAGE GIRL has died after she collapsed while playing with her local GAA club in Wexford yesterday evening.

Ciara Ryan (14) was playing with local club Kilanerin GAA when she took a weakness and fainted.

A paramedic treated her at the scene and an ambulance was called which took her to Wexford General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

RTÉ is reporting that she died of a suspected brain haemorrhage.

Local Councillor Joe Sullivan says that the community has been shocked by her death and that there is “devastation among the people who knew her and her school friends”.

“It’s hard to describe how shocking the tragic death of a young person when things like this happen,” he said. “It’s not the natural way of things.”

The president of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association Maire Hickey has expressed her sympathies with the Ryan family, calling the the teenager’s death a “great and sudden loss”.

On behalf of everyone involved in the Ladies Gaelic Football Association I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Ciara Ryan. This is a tragedy for the community in Gorey, her club mates in Kilanerin, the Gaelic Games community in Wexford and in Ireland. Our prayers and sympathies are with Ciara’s family who have suffered such a great and sudden loss.

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