Man undergoes surgery after Ennis incident

Man undergoes surgery after Ennis incident


The incident happened outside the old Franciscan Abbey in Ennis – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A young man was due to undergo surgery this morning to remove a piece of metal from his hand after he became impaled on the railings of a historic abbey in Ennis.

The alarm was raised at around 2.20 this morning when emergency services were alerted to the incident on Abbey Street in the town.

The man had somehow become impaled on a metal railing outside the 13th century Franciscan Abbey which is located just 100 metres from Ennis Garda station.

Ambulance paramedics and two units of Ennis Fire Brigade responded to the scene along with Gardaí. On arrival, they found a man in his early 20s standing on top a 5-ft high stone wall with his right hand firmly impaled in a spike on top of the railing.

Paramedics treated and monitored the patient while fire service personnel commenced the delicate task of removing the man from the railing.

Fire service personnel and National Ambulance Service personnel work together to rescue the man – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

It took almost an hour for fire service personnel to safely rescue the man and place him in the care of NAS paramedics.

The injured man was taken to University Hospital Limerick where he was due to undergo surgery this morning to remove the metal piece.

A spokesman for Clare County Fire and Rescue Service said: “Ennis Fire Service was mobilised to a rescue in the Town Centre at 2.23am. Working with the HSE’s National Ambulance Service, Ennis Fire Brigade carried out an effective rescue of the individual.”

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.