The McTigue family have issued a heart-felt statement thanking all those who helped save the life of their son Alan after his dramatic collapse last Saturday.
Thankfully Alan is making a good recovery and Alan and his family want to say thanks for the hundreds of messages of support and goodwill they have received since Saturday.
“Alan McTigue together with his parents Josephine and Micky, his sister Ciara and the extended family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all involved in saving Alan’s life on Saturday last. The Leitrim and Roscommon teams, Rathcline GAA, management, supporters, the team that worked on Alan on the field, the ambulance service, the Air Corp, the Gardaì, the staff of Accident and Emergency, and also the doctors and staff of the Coronary Care unit in University College Hospital Galway will always be in our debt for what they have done for us.
“To all Alan’s friends, teammates, our fantastic neighbours and friends and indeed to the community of Drumshanbo and widespread areas, the support, good wishes and prayers has been unbelievable.
“It is on a daily basis we are hearing of unbelievable gestures from people who were at the match and the help, support and prayers that have been offered to the extended family will never be forgotten.
“We will in time, when we get Alan home, hope to thank everyone individually and we look forward to Alan making a full recovery in the future.”
Leitrim GAA County Board Chairman Terence Boyle said that the incident highlighted the need for defibrillators -“The Rathcline Club had a defibrillator and it shows the importance of having one and having people trained on how to use it. The defibrillator had to be used twice on Alan and it just goes to prove how important they are.
“Alan’s collapse came out of the blue but thankfully, it is a good news story thanks to the quick intervention of the Roscommon physio Conor McGowan and Leitrim physio Claire Hoey as well as Kiara Keegan from Mohill and Eileen Beirne from Strokestown. And I want to thank all the Emergency Services as well.
“We are stressing to all our clubs that they need to have a defibrillator and to keep it maintained and not left sitting in the clubrooms and personnel trained and available to use it.”
Terence paid tribute to Roscommon County Board Secretary Brian Carroll and the Rathcline Club - “We are deadly rivals on the field but Roscommon, and Rathcline GAA Club, did everything they possibly could to help Alan and Brian Carroll organised the emergency services.”