Limerick hurling match abandoned after youth hit

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

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A hurling match in Limerick had to be abandoned this week after gardai and an ambulance were called after a young hurler was hit on the head with a hurley during a row.

A hurling match in Limerick had to be abandoned this week after gardai and an ambulance were called after a young hurler was hit on the head with a hurley during a row.

And in a separate incident, it has been confirmed that a young girl was racially abused during a Limerick camogie match.

On Sunday, the emergency services attended a minor hurling game after a brawl left a number of players injured.

Just 48 hours later media reports unveiled the incident of alleged racial abuse in a Limerick camogie game.

The minor hurling challenge game between Patrickswell and Sixmilebridge was abandoned as the game entered the final quarter when a player from the Limerick club is understood to have struck an opponent with a hurley. This incident sparked players from both teams to become embroiled in the row, which led to the abandonment of the challenge game.

Although the fracas was brief, an ambulance and guards were summoned to the Patrickswell venue.

Roxboro garda station confirmed that gardai attended Patrickswell GAA grounds but confirmed no investigation is underway and that it was ‘a matter for the GAA’. It was also confirmed that while a number of players did receive treatment on the pitch, no one left the GAA grounds by ambulance.

This week, Patrickswell GAA club confirmed that an internal club investigation was underway.

When contacted, neither Patrickswell or Sixmilebridge GAA clubs wished to comment.

The pre-championship challenge game was fully sanctioned by the Munster Council and refereed by an official referee. This Wednesday, the Munster Council confirmed that they have received the referee’s report and that the matter would be dealt with by their Competitions Control Committee, who can hand down suspensions if necessitated.

Meanwhile, Limerick Camogie reacted to media reports of an incident of alleged racial abuse by releasing a statement.

The incident occurred in a junior club championship game and is understood to have involved two teenage girls.

“Last September a complaint was made to the Limerick County Camogie Board in relation to an incident at a junior camogie match. The complaint was dealt with by the board in line with child protection procedures and at all stages advice was sought from our governing body, the Camogie Association,” said the brief statement, this Wednesday lunchtime.

“As all parties involved are minors, it is not possible or appropriate to comment further,” concluded the statement.