A nation prays for Conor

A young Donegal teenager has captured the hearts of the nation as he bravely fights for his life in a Cambridge hospital after a car accident.

A young Donegal teenager has captured the hearts of the nation as he bravely fights for his life in a Cambridge hospital after a car accident.

Loughanure teenager Conor Boyle was left in critical condition after his car collided with a tree near Peterborough on Friday, Sept. 6th as he was driving home from work after a day with his father’s tunnelling company.

Conor’s brave fight for life has captured the hearts and minds of people both at home in Ireland and in the UK.

Last weekend on Twitter messages of support with the simple few lines #prayforconor trended on the site bringing it to the top of the trending list.

Kerry’s Paul Galvin tweeted “My strength is your strength”, practically every member of the Donegal squad sent their messages of support and encouragement as did Mayo GAA and Arsenal FC to name but a few.

As the thousands of messages continue to pour into both Facebook and Twitter, one of Conor’s friends remarked that the “candles are certainly burning brightly for Conor all over Ireland, England and Scotland. There is tremendous support out there for me. He is a fighter and hopefully this will give him the strength.”

A special Mass was offered for Conor in Annagry Church which saw over 500 people packing into the church last week.

A friend of the popular Loughanure lad said: “Conor is always full of fun and just loved sport - GAA, boxing, athletics - he has that competitive streak in him”

A keen GAA player with Naomh Muire, he was travelling from Surrey to Doncaster when the accident happened.

Delayed by a security scare at Dartford Tunnel he resumed his journey shortly before midnight, before his car left the road around 2:30am, colliding with a parked truck before crashing into a tree.

A spokesperson for Naomh Muire GAA club said: “Sheila, Hugh and the boys, everyone at the club is thinking about you and saying a wee prayer for Conor’s speedy recovery.”