Volunteers rescue horse from Clarecastle culvert

Volunteers rescue horse from Clarecastle culvert


After being successfully removed from the water, the horse was found to be unharmed – Photo: Frankie Coote

A group of volunteers, led by county dog warden Frankie Coote, rescued a horse from a culvert in Clarecastle yesterday.

The alarm was raised by staff at the Roche Ireland pharmaceutical plant who spotted the animal in the deep culvert at the rear of the facility. It’s believed the horse had been in the water since the previous night

Mr Coote went to investigate the report and found the horse in the stagnant stream. After calling on several people to assist, a group of 8 volunteers arrived to assist with the rescue operation.

After almost two hours, the group managed to coax the animal to an area where they could help him from the water.

It had been feared that the horse had suffered injuries after being immersed in the water for so long however the animal was given a clean bill of health and did not require further attention.


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.