Man dies after fall in West Clare

Man dies after fall in West Clare

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man has died in hospital following a tragic accident at his home in West Clare this afternoon.

The father-of-two in his early 50’s, named locally as Michael King, is understood to have been working around his home when he fell from a wall and suffered a serious head injury.

It’s believed he was taking down Christmas lights at his home near Lisdeen in West Clare at the time.

The alarm was raised at around 1.00pm and emergency services rushed to the scene. Gardaí and ambulance paramedics arrived quickly while the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance was also requested to attend.

Volunteers from the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard were also dispatched to assist with securing a safe landing zone for the helicopter.

Gardaí closed a section of the main N67 Kilrush to Kilkee road so the helicopter could land and take the injured man on board. He was flown to University Hospital Limerick for emergency treatment.

Gardaí have confirmed that the man was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

A garda spokesman confirmed that a man fell from a wall at his home near Lisdeen and that he suffered serious head injuries in what they believe to be an accident.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has also been informed of the tragedy.

Local businessman, neighbour and former county councillor Patrick Keane had been speaking to Mr King the previous night at a meeting.

“This a terrible tragedy to happen to such a young man with a young family. It’s an awful shame that such a tragedy can happen when you are working at home like that. It’s an awful shock to the local community and our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Mr Keane said

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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.

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