Suspect arrested over Mark McGovern incident

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Updated: September 9, 2011

The man identified as a person of interest by police in July was arrested Thursday for assaulting Gaelic football star Mark McGovern

Sources told KTVU that Patrick Power, a member of the Celtics Gaelic football team, had been arrested in the June 25th incident during a tournament on Treasure Island.

McGovern, 22, moved to San Francisco for the summer. But his career was cut short because he suffered a severe brain injury in the assault.

Investigators say the ball in play was nowhere near McGovern when someone hit him so hard he was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to the hospital.

Police say Power, 26, was seen standing over an unconscious McGowern. Later, Power yelled a vulgar word at the fallen player and said, “He won’t get up from that.”

The McGovern family immediately flew in from Ireland to be by Mark’s bedside at San Francisco General Hospital. They said they were hopeful about Mark’s recovery until a recent MRI confirmed that Mark had suffered brain damage.

“Mark came to San Francisco to play a wee bit of football; not to get killed,” said Josie McGovern, Mark’s mother

Also the GAA have taken an unprecedented step and given the Mark McGovern Support Fund permisssion to Collect within the Stadium Grounds of Croke Park on All Ireland Football Final Day (Sunday 18th September). As people know, the medical bills are continuing to increase as Mark makes his recovery and following his visit to see Mark, GAA President Christie Cooney felt the need to allow such a collection.

The support fund would like to thank all those who have contributed to date and hope that on All Ireland Final day they can raise some much needed funds. Collectors will be clearly identifiable on the day and we all hope the collection will be a success.

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