Tourist airlifted to hospital after falling ill

Tourist airlifted to hospital after falling ill


The elderly man had been visiting the Cliffs of Moher when he fell ill – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

An elderly man was airlifted to hospital on Friday afternoon after falling ill while visiting the Cliffs of Moher.

The tourist in his 70’s was reported to have suffered a suspected heart attack and was initially treated by staff at the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre while the ambulance service was alerted.

An ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit responded to the the call. After being assessed at the scene by ambulance paramedics, the man was transported by road towards University Hospital Limerick (UHL).


The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance was requested to meet the ambulance en route and a rendezvous point in Inagh was agreed where the patient was handed into the care of the helicopter crew.

The man was airlifted to UHL for further treatment.


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.