Young girl hospitalised after fall in Burren

Young girl hospitalised after fall in Burren


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An 11-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after she was injured in a fall in the Burren this evening.

Gardaí requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard to locate and assist the girl and her family. The three had been hiking on Aillwee Mountain south of the famous caves when the accident occurred.

The young girls mother, understood to be a nurse, had raised the alarm at around 5.00pm. She reported that her daughter had suffered an ankle injury and that they were attempting to make their way back to the carpark at the caves.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, which had been on a training mission in the area at the time, was diverted to the scene and requested to locate the family.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard and an ambulance were also dispatched to the incident.

The young girl and her family were airlifted from the mountain by helicopter and flown to an open field below Aillwee Cave where an ambulance was waiting.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Coast Guard volunteers used smoke to mark a landing site for the helicopter – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Coast Guard volunteers had laid down an canister of orange smoke to indicate wind direction for the helicopter crew so they could land.

The child was assessed at the scene and was transported to hospital by road.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.