The O’Connell family of Lisaniska, Cullen, on behalf of our son and brother Diarmuid wish to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to our neighbours, friends, relations, team members, club officers and the wider community for the overwhelming support shown to us during the difficult days after Diarmuid’s life threatening event in Castlemagner on February 21st 2009.

A very special “Thank You” to the three boys, Gerard O’Leary, D.J. Collins and Andrew O’Sullivan for their act of courage, bravery and composure on giving Diarmuid back the gift of life on the field. We thank all the people present who had to endure our pain and who assisted in every way; to the Castlemagner Club for being equipped to deal with such an emergency and to their club officers for visiting Diarmuid in hospital. For their efficient service, thanks to Dr Marian Smyth, Mallow Ambulance crew and Kanturk Gardai, who made the journey to Cork in record-breaking time.

In recognition of all heroic efforts made on February 21st, it would be impossible to thank everyone individually. Please accept this as a token of our ongoing daily appreciation on having Diarmuid with us today.

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