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Man arrested as handball star remains in serious condition following hit-and-run incident

PSNI are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred in Crossmaglen at 6.20am yesterday morning.

Conall McCavitt playing handball
Conall McCavitt playing handball
Image: Loughmacrory GAA Handball via Facebook

A LEADING HANDBALL player suffered serious injuries in the early hours of yesterday morning, after he was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident at Cardinal O’Fiaich Square in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh.

Conall McCavitt remains in a critical condition following the incident, which occurred shortly before 6.20am.

A 20-year-old man was arrested this morning in relation to the hit-and-run, on suspicion of a number of motoring offences. He has been interviewed and released on bail pending further enquiries.

The PSNI is still appealing for witnesses to the incident.

They said in a statement: “The offending car did not stop. A blue coloured Volkswagen Passat, believed to have been involved, has been recovered by police from the area of the market square in Crossmaglen.”

McCavitt, who is in his early 20s, is one of the leading lights of the Irish handball game having successfully represented the country across numerous age groups, and national GAA handball manager John Kelly said that the community’s thoughts are with McCavitt and his family right now.

He said in a statement to the Belfast Telegraph: “The GAA Handball community were shocked to hear the news concerning one of our brightest young stars Conall McCavitt and our immediate thoughts at this time are with Conall and his family.

While he is a fierce competitor on the court, off the court Conall is a gentlemen who is always available to help out and is a very popular figure in the handball community.

“Our thoughts and prayers for a full recovery and those of the wider association both in Ireland and abroad are with Conall and his family at this time.”

McCavitt was a world champion  in 2012 at under-17 level, and has represented Ireland in the 2012 and 2013 world games in Holland and Colombia, respectively.

Others have been wishing McCavitt a speedy recovery.

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The PSNI is still appealing for anyone who may have been in the area of Crossmaglen or anyone who may have information about the car and its occupants to contact officers in Newry on 101 quoting reference number 288 of 27/12/16.

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