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Monday 5 December 2016

GAA star injured in row over prison inmate's hygiene

Donal Ward in action for Roscommon
Donal Ward in action for Roscommon

A GAA star is recovering today after being injured while breaking up a fight in Cloverhill jail, where he works as a prison officer.

Donal Ward (26) plays with Dublin team Kilmacud Crokes and is also an inter-county player for his home county of Roscommon, where he lines out as a defender.

He received a shoulder injury in Cloverhill yesterday morning breaking up a fight between a renowned violent inmate and an elderly prisoner.

Another prison officer received a facial injury in the incident.

The trouble flared when the violent inmate in the prison, which holds offenders awaiting trial, attacked another prisoner in his 60s.

“It was a row sparked by a hygiene matter.

“It seems the younger of the two was annoyed that the older man was not having showers and it all got heated and kicked-off,” said a source.

Donal Ward and a colleague intervened to break up the fight on the B1 landing around recreation time at 11.30am yesterday.

It was while they were separating the two prisoners that they were injured.

It is not believed the prison officers were attacked directly, but were hurt while stopping the violent assault on the more elderly of the inmates.

One sustained facial injuries and Ward was taken to Tallaght Hospital to have his shoulder injury examined.

“He plays inter-county football, so I suppose he had more of a reason to get checked out,” the source added.

Ward is due to be on the playing panel when Roscommon meet Sligo in their senior championship game away in Markievicz Park on Saturday week June 20.

As well as being well-known and respected in GAA circles, Ward is also a keen amateur boxer.

In 2013 he won a gold medal in the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast. The referee stopped the contest in the second round in favour of Ward, who had proved too strong for his Indian opponent.

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