Barry O’Keeffe – Extra Time Sport Sports Person of the year 2017.
Former Kilcock GAA Club and Moynalvey GFC player/manager Barry O’Keeffe was not part of any local club nor was he competing in an individual competition throughout 2017, however Barry’s challenge was far greater than that……
On December 10th, Barry completed the Zurich Marathon in Malaga less than a year after been involved in a serious car accident that almost left him paralyzed.
Barry first entered the doors of CostaSpine at the beginning of June for treatmemt on the neck injury he sustained from the traumatic car accident. In the accident he sustained a cervical fracture of C6/C7.
After an intensive surgery, Barry was lucky to not be paralysed and had extensive pins and screws inplaced to ensure his neck would heal correctly. He presented to CostaSpine 3 months post-op with almost zero range of motion and slight cervical radiculopathy down his left arm. They started treating him for this of course and after a month and were shocked with what Barry requested ‘Do you think I can do the Malaga Marathon on the 10th of December ?’
CostaSpine continued to treat him and his healing was phenomenal, he was incredibly diligent with everything their resident Chiropractor gave him to do. Before they knew it, he was on the rehabilitative side of his treatment plan and his results were remarkable.
Barry then felt comfortable enough to start running and he has been so committed ever since, resulting in today’s fantastic achievement.
CostaSpine were behind him 100% and before his run a spokesperson said; “Barry we commend you for your effort, dedication and perseverance of knowing anything is attainable with the right mind-set. Barry ran the race for a school close to his ❤, Saplings Mullingar.
On the pitch Barry was always 100% committed for both Kilcock GAA and Moynalvey and it seems that determination has only been enhanced since his accident at the start of the year.
From Robert here at Extra Time Sport, fair play to you Barry, your years in the Royal County have served you well. 🤣🤣🤣
Former Kilcock Gaa player Barry O’Keeffe is to this weekend run a marathon less than a year after been involved in a car accident in Spain that almost left him paralysed.
O’Keeffe who soldiered with Kilcock for nearly all of his Gaa career before moving to County Meath and Moynalvey where he both played and managed through a period of exciting times for the club, attended CostaSpine in his adopted country of Spain during his road to recovery.
A spokesperson for CostaSpine today posted on their Facebook page a brief description of Barry’s miraculous recovery from the time he first walked through their doors with a cervical fracture of C6/C7 to the day asked would he be OK to run a marathon on December 10th.
“Here is one of our patients his name is Barry O’Keeffe. Our resident D.C started seeing him as a patient in the beginning of June. I saw him for a neck injury, which he sustained from a traumatic car accident. In this accident and he sustained a cervical fracture of C6/C7.
After an intensive surgery, Barry was lucky to not be paralysed. He has extensive pins and screws to ensure his neck would heal correctly. He presented to CostaSpine 3 months post-op with almost zero range of motion and slight cervical radiculopathy down his left arm. We started treating him for this of course and after a month, we were shocked with what he requested ‘Do you think I can do the Malaga Marathon on the 10th of December ?’
We continued to treat him and his healing was phenomenal, he was incredibly diligent with everything our resident Chiropractor gave him to do. Before we knew it, he was on the rehabilitative side of his treatment plan and his results were remarkable. He then felt comfortable enough to start running and he has been so committed ever since and I am happy to say he will be there on the 10th of December competing for his medal at the Malaga marathon.
Barry, we at CostaSpine commend you for your effort, dedication and perseverance of knowing anything is attainable with the right mind-set. He is doing this race for a school back in Ireland called Saplings Mullingar, I have attached the link so if you want to support Barry and his charity of choice please feel free to donate and get behind him.”
St.Coca’s athlete Nathan Murphy captured the boys u-17, 1500m Leinster Walking gold medal at the new indoor arena at Athlone on Sunday last, the 10th of March. Murphy (15) from Kilcock finished in an impressive time of 7mins 58′, beating Alan Mooney of Kilkenny Harriers into 2nd place, while lapping the majority of the field in the process.
Sunday’s medal took the Scoil Dara students impressive all-time haul of Leinster golds to seven and qualifies him for the All-Irelands at the same venue on March 23rd. Murphy, who also walks competively for his school and is part of the Leinster Regional Performance Squad, is currently on a rich vein of form, having just missed out on a bronze medal over 3000m at the Junior All-Irelands, finishing a creditable fourth place, when many would have thought he was punching well above his weight.
Murphy Knows the level of competition is sure to be greater (than the Leinsters’) in two weeks time when he will lock horns with lads from all across the country and has grown up racing against: “I know if I train hard, I will be up there with a good chance of claiming the gold. But you can never underestimate these lads, I’ve raced against them all at some stage over the last five years and on their day they all have what it takes. I will have to be at the top of my game”. Murphy concluded: “I owe a lot to my trainer Bobby King who dedicates so much hard work and time for my cause. He will be pushing me on over the coming days and it’s just up to me to respond in the right fashion” Victory on Saturday week in Athlone’s new state of the art indoor arena would see Murphy claim his fourth All-Ireland gold. You wouldn’t bet against it happening.