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John Mooney Returning Home

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John Mooney will play no further part in Ireland's tour of the West Indies due to a stress-related illness
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John Mooney has left Ireland's tour of the West Indies and will return home due to a stress-related illness.

Mooney has been able to manage his illness sufficiently to play international cricket for some time but after his condition deteriorated, the team decided the best course of action was for him to return to Ireland and resume treatment.

He will join his family in Dublin later today and will play no further part in the tour.

Ireland have lost their two opening games of the Nagico Super50 - West Indies' domestic 50-over competition - and will stay in the Caribbean to play the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals and a One-Day International.

"John Mooney is an incredibly passionate cricketer who has performed with distinction for Ireland over more than a decade, most recently in December with his Man-of-the-Match performance against Afghanistan in the InterContinental Cup final," Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said.

"However, cricketing matters come a poor second where health issues are concerned. The most important thing for John is to get the support and care he needs to aid his recovery - Cricket Ireland will endeavour to do all that it can to aid this process.

"John and his family has asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect their wish at this difficult time."

Mooney's departure from the tour has parallels with England batsman Jonathan Trott's early exit from the Ashes late last year as it is now known that both men had been managing their stress-related illnesses for some time.

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