Pitch invader 'swung hurl at Galvin' as local clash takes ugly turn
These were the shocking scenes as Kerry footballer Paul Galvin was lunged at by a fan wielding a hurl.
The former Kerry star Paul Galvin was involved in an altercation with an irate fan in a local club hurling match yesterday.
The pitch invader was ultimately escorted from the grounds by gardai after the incident.
Galvin - who is engaged to Today FM presenter Louise Duffy - had lined out with his local hurling club Lixnaw in the Kerry senior hurling championship final against Kilmoyley at Austin Stack Park in Tralee.
Trouble first flared in the opening moments of the second half and a melee between both teams ensued.
"The second half hadn't yet started when both teams became involved in some pushing and shoving," said John Ivory, a spectator in the crowd who had played for Dr Crokes in the proceeding intermediate final.
"A Kilmoyley player ended up on the ground and the referee booked Galvin for the incident," he confirmed.
A supporter wearing jeans then ran onto the field towards Galvin swinging a hurley.
"The man was swinging at Galvin's head," he added.
Radio Kerry said that there was "certainly a striking action by somebody who wasn't a player" at a player.
Galvin did not require medical treatment and completed the match, but it is unclear how much, if any, contact the fan made.
The man was soon escorted off the pitch by stewards.