Northern Ireland

Peadar Heffron leads wheelchair hurlers to All-Ireland title

Peadar Heffron
Peadar Heffron

A former PSNI officer, who was seriously injured in a dissident bomb attack, has captained a provincial wheelchair hurling team to All-Ireland glory.

Peadar Heffron lost a leg and suffered other serious injuries when a bomb exploded under his car near Randalstown, Co Antrim, in January 2010.

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A former hurler and Gaelic footballer with Creggan Kickhams GAC, Mr Heffron is now a member of  St Paul's GAC Holywood, near Belfast.

His current club posted their congratulations after Mr Heffron led the Ulster GAA wheelchair hurling team to a National League title.

“We are all so proud of you Peadar,” the club said in a post on their Facebook page, which included a picture of Mr Heffron.

Members of the winning team
Members of the winning team

Stephen Martin, a former deputy chief constable with the PSNI who now holds the same title at Civil Nuclear Constabulary, also lauded the achievement on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"Good man Peadar," he wrote. "Congratulations to you and the rest of the Ulster GAA team."

There was controversy in 2017 when the Catholic officer told how members of his former club turned their back on him as he announced plans to join the newly-formed PSNI in 2002.

He also claimed that in the wake of the dissident attack, which saw him spend 10 months in hospital, they never offered an olive branch.

The club later issued a statement sympathising with Mr Heffron and wishing him well.