Watch former hurler Dessie Fitzgerald recount the day an injury changed his life

The GAA.ie have published an interview with former Charleville hurler, Dessie Fitzgerald, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2011 while playing for his club.

Dessie's life was changed after the horrific injury which happened on October 8, 2011, in a county semi-final against Kilbrin and he recalls the day it happened.

In the GAA.ie interview, Dessie said: “I can remember the event, where it happened, I can even remember the corner forward from Kilbrin going to hit the ball on the ground, hoping to score a goal. I remember just sprinting back and saying to myself, ‘I need to save this, I need to get to this and not let them score before half-time’.

“I remember the impact of the whole thing as well. Initially, I was in a daze for a few seconds and from then on knowing that I couldn’t feel from my shoulders down.”

He talks of his battle afterwards to recover from the injury and his determination to "greet his bride on his feet rather than from a wheelchair at the altar in Charleville Church".

We also see Dessie return to the pitch where the life-changing injury happened.

"The memories I had of that pitch beforehand were of a fit, healthy young man, very athletic and keen on sport. That was the last time I was there," he said.

"This time I was going up there, having been in a wheelchair and then on crutches. Walking out on the pitch brought it all back."

Charleville GAA Club launched The Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund on Friday night and fundraising events include:

July 12: Bucket Collection at the Munster SHC Hurling Final

July 17: Fundraising Banquet with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

July 17/18: Golf Classic, Charleville Golf Club

July 19: 5Km Walk/Run, Doneraile Park

For more information about the injury fund and to make a donation log on to www.dessiefitzgerald.com. Follow @dfitzinjuryfund on Twitter and like the official Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund Facebook Page.

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