Teenager airlifted to hospital after assault

Teenager airlifted to hospital after assault


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A 13-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after he was assaulted in Co Clare this afternoon.

It’s understood the teenager was on his lunch break from a school in Ennistymon when he was set upon by two students thought to be 14-years-old and from a different school.

The injured boy suffered a head injury after he was knocked to the ground however the emergency services were not immediately notified.

The schoolboy was taken to a local medical centre where his condition began to deteriorate. An ambulance was called to the centre.

After being assessed by paramedics it was decided that the boy should be transported to hospital as soon as possible. The Emergency Aeromedical Service air ambulance was requested airlift the boy to University Hospital Limerick.

Gardaí in Ennistymon are investigating the incident and have appealed for witnesses.

A spokesman said they wished to speak to anyone who witnessed the alleged assault or who was in the Monastery Road area of the town between 1.00pm and 2.00pm today to contact them on 065 7072180.

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.