Three injured in Lisdoonvarna bridge fall

Three injured in Lisdoonvarna bridge fall


The men were taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Three men are recovering in hospital after they fell up to 30 feet from a bridge in Co Clare early today.

The accident happened at around 3.00am in Lisdoonvarna where the annual matchmaking festival got underway on Friday.

Gardaí received a report that a number of people had fallen into the water at the Spa Wells bridge in the town.

On arrival at the scene Gardaí quickly located three man and after speaking with them, established that they had all fallen from the bridge into a shallow stream about 10 metres (30 feet) below.

The three are believed to have climbed out of the stream and back up onto the roadway before they were found by Gardaí.

Three ambulances were sent to the scene and the men were taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

They are all understood to have suffered back and neck injuries which are said not to be life-threatening. The men are believed to be from the West Clare area.

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.