Paul Galvin was attacked with a hurley during the Kerry senior hurling county final between Lixnaw and Kilmoyley yesterday.
Galvin was coming back onto the field after halftime with his Lixnaw teammates when a scuffle broke out between the two sides.
A person, named locally as Kilmoyley club vice-chairman Paddy O’Sullivan, reportedly ran into the melee from the sideline brandishing a hurley and hit the Kerry star with it before players and management from both sides intervened.
O’Sullivan was removed from the field by stewards and Galvin was uninjured and able to play on. The second half passed without further incident and the match ended in a draw.
Kerry GAA released a statement about the incident last night.
“The CCC of the Kerry County Committee is awaiting the Referee's Report before deciding what course of action to take following an incident that took place as players and officials made their way onto the field of play for the start of the second half in today's senior hurling championship final.”
Kilmoyley club secretary John Nolan told the Irish Independent the club would comply with any investigation.
"An incident happened," said Nolan, "but I presume the referee will go with what is in his report and the county board will investigate it so we'll cooperate with that."
Lixnaw manager Ciaran Carey said they were not interested in taking the matter any further.
"Paul is more concerned about the match. The incident is over."
Galvin won four All-Ireland medals and three All Stars as a Kerry inter-county footballer before he retired earlier this year. He now works as a radio presenter on Kerry radio and also writes about fashion and the GAA.
Hat tip: Irish Independent
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