Hurler Lar Corbett delights fan car crash victim Shane with a surprise hospital visit
TIPPERARY hurling star Lar Corbett made a surprise visit to an avid fan who is recovering from a serious car accident.
Corbett spent close to an hour with Shane Vickers from Wicklow, who was struck by a car while walking home on the Killarney Road in Bray last October.
A massive hurling fan, Shane (27), has been hospitalised in Beaumont and St Vincent's since the incident and was given the last rites on a number of occasions.
The Kilmacanogue man is suffering from a serious brain injury and has to learn how to speak and wash himself again, while nerve damage on the right hand side of his body has left him in a wheelchair.
Two-time All-Ireland winner Corbett was called by Shane's father, Shay, a fortnight ago who hoping he could get a signed jersey.
Corbett (inset) is gearing up for a crunch Munster Senior Hurling Final against Waterford on Sunday week, but he told the Herald he "was only delighted to give something back".
"When I heard about Shane's accident, it really captured my emotions - his father was so sincere on the phone. I told him that once I got a Tipp jersey signed by all of the team, I'd bring it up myself," he said.
"Shane goes to a lot of the matches, and has been to loads of Munster finals, he knows about all the players.
"He had a great smile on his face when we presented him the jersey. He's genuinely a massive hurling fan," said Corbett.
Shane, who turns 28 tomorrow, will meet Corbett again at the Munster Final in Thurles on July 19, but his encounter with the Tipperary star is not the first dealing he's had with celebrities since the accident, said his dad.
"I bumped into Bono at St Vincent's and told him Shane was a fan and had one of his CDs beside his bed. He told me that he would send on a signed one for Shane, and he did. It was a lovely gesture," said Shay.
Shane is set to leave Dun Laoghaire Rehab Hospital at the end of the month, but his father is still unsure when he'll get to come home.
Meanwhile, some of Shane's friends set up a trust fund for him in the aftermath of the accident, raising close to €40,000 through auctions and charity nights since February.