A fundraising campaign has been launched to support Waterford minor dual star Mark Dalton who sustained serious injuries during a car crash just days before he was due to represent his county in the Munster MHC against Tipperary.
17-year-old Mark, his twin brother Tom, also a member of the Waterford minor hurling squad, and three friends were involved in the crash which happened outside Youghal, Co. Cork last December.
As a result of the accident, Mark is suffering major trauma to his spine and is in need of extensive rehabilitation.
He is currently in the care of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire after being looked after very well by the paramedics and staff at both Cork University Hospital and the Spinal Unit of the Mater Hospital.
Mark's friends and school mates at Pobalscoil na Tríonóide in Youghal have now set up a GoFundMe page to raise as much money as possible to get him home.
A major extension and alterations to the family home are required to meet Mark's needs.
On the GoFundMe page, Waterford minor hurling manager Darragh Duggan said: “Mark is and was, along with his twin brother Tom, a very important member of this year’s county minor hurling panel.
"Armed with a relaxed but focused attitude, Mark developed into a fine young hurler who excelled in an attacking role.
"Mark’s contribution to the panel was immense and his searing pace, along with a superb eye for a score, was sorely missed in our championship outing against Tipperary."
Anyone wishing to donate to the fundraiser for Mark can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/f/mq8pu-mark-dalton-recovery-fundTweet