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GAA footballer Ronan Clarke out of intensive care

Former Armagh GAA star Ronan Clarke has been moved out of intensive care

GAA All Star Ronan Clarke has been moved out of intensive care.

The 32-year-old, who is being treated for a head injury, was last night "stable and in recovery" at Craigavon Area Hospital.

It is a significant step forward in his recovery after he was placed in an induced coma after colliding with a goalpost during a club game last week.

The Pearse Og player struck his head on the goalpost during his side’s match with Maghery in the Armagh club championship on Friday night.

The former senior county All-Ireland winner, who got married just two weeks ago, has been in a coma since suffering "severe concussion".

His family, including new bride Michelle, have been maintaining a vigil at his hospital bedside since the collision.

The newlyweds, had only just returned from part of their honeymoon in Malta, were due to travel to Rome earlier this week for a further celebration.

The two-time All Star, who was a member of the Armagh side which won the All-Ireland Football Championship in 2002, had remained in a serious but stable condition.

But a spokesman for Craigavon Area Hospital last night confirmed the player had been moved from intensive care and was "stable and in recovery".

It is understood Clarke will continue to undergo tests in the coming days as his recovery continues.

The player's family has said on Tuesday that he has been woken from a medically-induced coma and has spoken a few words.

An Armagh GAA statement on Tuesday night said there had been "an improvement in his condition".

"He's still not out of the woods and continues to need your prayers, but he has taken a small step in the right direction," said the statement.

"His family have been made aware of the thousands of people, not only from Armagh and indeed Ireland, but from right across the world that have sent messages of support and best wishes.

"To everyone that has taken the time to send those, his family are eternally grateful."

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