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Club Statement (Mark McGovern Update)
Jun. 28, 2011
The Belcoo O’Rahillys club was worried and saddened to hear of Mark McGovern (22) injury early on Sunday morning. Mark is currently in a critical but stable condition in the San Francisco General Hospital Intensive Care Unit, where he remains in a coma.
Mark is an exceptionally talented footballer and one of our most decorated young players who during the past few years has picked up a host of underage winners medals as well as playing an important roll at Corner Back on the Club’s Senior side during our historic 2007 Division 1 League campaign which seen the club lift our first and only Senior Title to date.
Mark has previously enjoyed a stint in America when he played football with the Aidan McAnespies Club in Boston during the summer of 2009. Mark studied at Liverpool John Moores University and was also on the Gaelic Team whilst completing a degree in Property Development & Investment. Mark held a part time post in Quinn Direct Insurance before he left for San Francisco.
He has played with Fermanagh County Minors, U21s and was part of the Fermanagh Senior Panel at the beginning of this year for both the Dr. McKenna Cup and Allianz League Campaigns. His senior debut came as a late substitute in the defeat to Tyrone in a McKenna Cup game back in January.
The entire community is very saddened and concerned for Mark, We have today spoken to Pauline Maguire (Marks Aunt). She has advised us that all Mark's Immediate Family, Parents Danny & Josie, Sisters Connie, Helen & Grace. His Uncle Bernard along with his Girlfriend Jessica and Lorna (Jessica’s mother) are currently with him in San Francisco.
Pauline said she would like to "thank the many callers, well wishers and friends who have called and left messages of support for Mark, sincere thanks also to FR Seamus Quinn and FR Brian Darcy who have been a great support."
Also the club has spoke to Emmet Scollan this evening who along with Ciarán Flaherty have been keeping a bedside vigil with Mark since the incident. Emmet has advised that this is “worse than a Bad Nightmare” and himself are Ciarán are "constantly praying for their friend Mark." He is very grateful for the many messages posted online and the help and support he has received from home. Emmet has advised Marks condition is "currently Critical but Stable".
Our club would like to commend the efforts of our clubmen Emmet Scollan and Ciarán Flaherty who have been with Mark all the way. The Ulster GAA San Francisco Club has also been a brilliant support to the three lads in this difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Mark and his family.
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