Three hurt in Ennis mart incident

Three hurt in Ennis mart incident


Cattle pens at Ennis mart – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

At least one man has been hospitalised while two others are understood to have suffered minor injuries following an incident at a cattle mart in Co Clare today.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has confirmed they have been informed of an incident that occurred at the mart in Ennis this morning.

The incident is understood to have happened at around 10am in a loading and off-loading area at the rear of the mart complex.

Details of the incident are vague but it’s known that one man was seriously injured while two others were not as badly hurt.

Ambulance paramedics treated the injured at the scene while one man was rushed to University Hospital Limerick with a head injury.

One farmer said he saw a man being “thrown in the air” after being attacked by a bull or bullock.

The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed they have been notified of the incident and that a formal investigation in to the matter is now underway.

A person at Clare Marts said this evening there was no one available to comment on the incident.

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.