Gallagher is believed to have been knocked unconscious for more than ten minutes after a clash during his club’s game against Waterford Utd today.
There were serious fears for Gallagher’s safety as the referee took both teams off the pitch as medical personnel rushed to Gallagher’s assistance.
The game was stopped for 21 minutes before Gallagher was taken by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital where he is now being treated.
However it’s understood Gallagher regained consciousness and was able to talk to ambulance and medical staff.
A Finn Harps supporter said people were very concerned about Gallagher’s wellbeing.
“He was just flat out and there was no movement from him. It was hard to see exactly what happened.
“When he didn’t get up for a couple of minutes we knew there was something wrong. It must have been a bang to the head,” he said.
Meanwhile sixteen year old Sean Patton, who had, replaced Gallagher in goals – and saved a penalty on his debut.
As Harps led 2-0, young Sean got down to save the penalty from Dempsey.
A video his penalty save is here (warning: bad language on commentary from Waterford fan) http://www.twitvid.com/L7XSE
Ciaran is understood to be recovering well and should be released from hospital later.