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Ronan McGarrity will begin receiving treatment for testicular cancer this week after breaking the news to manager John O’Mahony and then a stunned dressing-room.

He has withdrawn from the squad indefinitely but hopes are high that he will be able to make a full recovery and make a return later in the year.

The GAA has already had several high profile cases:

Kildare fooballer Dermot Earley was diagnosed four years ago but has made a full recovery.

Joe Deane had surgery within weeks of last years All-Ireland final, but is now back training and playing with Cork.

Monaghan footballer Jason Hughes had a more aggressive strain of cancer but he too battled back after a longer illness to resume his inter-county career in 2001.

McGarrity was in strong contention for an All-Star last year after a number of impressive performances, most notably against Galway in the Connacht final and in the replayed All-Ireland quarter-final against Laois.

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