Football hero hurt in crash

Darragh Faanning,
The school community of the Abbey CBS in Tipperary Town was “knocked to its knees” after a Leaving Cert student who had played a leading role in securing an historic Munster football title for the school on Saturday sustained serious injuries in a road traffic accident on Sunday night.

The school community of the Abbey CBS in Tipperary Town was “knocked to its knees” after a Leaving Cert student who had played a leading role in securing an historic Munster football title for the school on Saturday sustained serious injuries in a road traffic accident on Sunday night.

Abbey CBS Principal John Kiely says the thoughts and prayers of everybody are with Daragh Fanning, who played midfield for the Abbey on Saturday in the Munster B football final, and with his family.

Eighteen year old Daragh was driving home in heavy fog conditions to Pallasgreen when the single vehicle accident happened shortly after midnight on Sunday at Towerhill, Cappamore. The scene was attended by gardai, ambulance and fire brigade. He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick and he was placed in an induced coma. The Abbey CBS pastoral team were called to the school to speak to 6th years and members of the panel who had represented the school last Saturday.

“It was devastating news. We all came in on Monday morning to school expecting to celebrate the victory at the weekend and this was the last thing you would expect to hear. It’s every parent’s nightmare and every school’s nightmare too” said Mr Kiely.

The principal said matters improved on Monday night when Daragh came out of his coma and started to communicate with his family, his parents Ann and Jimmy, his brother Brian and sister Aoife.

“It was a huge relief to his family and the school” said the school principal.