Preston footballer Alan Browne donates Ireland jersey to Jack O'Driscoll fund

Preston footballer Alan Browne donates Ireland jersey to Jack O'Driscoll fund

Jack O'Driscoll being presented the U18 First Division title by Chrity Byrne after St Mary's win over Carrigaline United.

IRELAND international and Cork native Alan Browne has donated one of his first jerseys for the Boys in Green to be auctioned off to raise funds for Cork teenager Jack O’Driscoll, who was severely injured during Storm Emma.

Alan Browne battline with Turkey's Cenk Tosun during the recent friendly international between the two nations. Browne has donated the jersey worn in the game to raise funds for Jack O'Driscoll. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire. 
Alan Browne battline with Turkey's Cenk Tosun during the recent friendly international between the two nations. Browne has donated the jersey worn in the game to raise funds for Jack O'Driscoll. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire. 

The jersey, which has been signed by Brown’s international teammates, was one of his first for Ireland.

Mayfield native Jack O’Driscoll was out walking with friends at a local sports field on March 1, when he suffered a fall which resulted in him fracturing his C5 vertebrae in his neck.

This has left Jack paralysed from the chest down.

The former St Mary’s captain was brought to Cork University Hospital but was transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin for surgery due to the severity of his injuries.

Cork’s Alan Browne, who plays his club football with Preston North End in the English Championship, donated his jersey from the recent Ireland friendly against Turkey.

The auction, which will be held on St Mary’s Facebook page, was launched on Monday night at 8pm.

“Jack is the kind of young man who can always take the positives out of any situation, and I know he will do the same now,” said St Mary’s chairman Richard Daly.

“This season he is playing Junior for St Mary’s and since his accident, he has been a huge loss to his team.

“Everyone in Mary’s and especially the lads on his team wish him the very best for a full recovery and we are behind him 100% as he always is with us,” he added.

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