Former Kilkenny hurling All Star DJ Carey has been taken to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Gardai say he collapsed in a public office in Kilkenny city this afternoon and was admitted to the local St Luke's hospital.

His condition is described as stable.

Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hurlers ever to play the game, 41-year-old Carey enjoyed a glittering career with the Cats, winning five All-Ireland titles and nine All Star awards.

Carey retired from inter-county hurling in 2006, but continued to play for club side Young Irelands of Gowran.