Conall on ‘long and hard road to recovery’ after waking from coma

January 16, 2017

Young handball star Conall McCavitt has awoken from a coma, two weeks after being struck by a car in Crossmaglen.

The 21 year old had remained in an induced coma in the Royal Victoria Square in Belfast after sustaining serious injuries when he was struck by a car in Cardinal O’Fiaich Square at around 6.20am on Boxing Day.  Nightly prayer vigils have been ongoing in Cullyhanna and Crossmaglen since the incident.

On Monday last, his family released a statement through GAA Handball, the governing body for handball in Ireland, in which they expressed their deep gratitude to everyone for the prayers and support they have received and revealed that Conall was now on a long and difficult road to recovery, having woken from his coma.

“It is very early stages, but the long and hard road to recovery begins,” the statement read.

“We thank all of the people of Ireland, and all family and friends. Not least the Handball family for their prayers and support sticking with Conall and us. Our heartfelt thanks to all.”

According to GAA Handball Ireland, the young Ulster University student, who has been described as one of the “brightest young stars” of the sport, remains in intensive care “with huge injuries.”

A 20-year-old man was questioned on suspicion of motoring offences and released on police bail pending further enquiries.