A TRADITIONAL music band has asked their fans to pray for their young fiddler, as he fights for his life following a car accident.
Arthur Stones (inset), a fiddle player with traditional folk band Ruaile Buaile, was in an induced coma at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin last night following the collision in Tullamore, Co Offaly, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The talented young musician, from Edenderry, was due to celebrate his 21st birthday on Saturday night – but he was struck by a taxi on Church Road, Tullamore, at around 4am that morning.
His fellow band members yesterday asked their fans to pray for the fiddler.
"We need you all to spare a thought and prayer for our fighting fiddler Arthur," said the band on their Facebook page.
"Keep him in your prayers so we can see his cheeky smile and fast fingers tear it out on stage as soon as possible," they added.
The band had enjoyed notable success in recent months and launched their debut album 'Commotion' in Tullamore during the summer to an audience of over 1,000 music fans. Declan Leddin, Labour councillor in Edenderry, said the town was hoping Mr Stones made a full recovery.
"There was no drink or drugs involved; the poor guy just slipped off the footpath and apparently he was hit by a taxi," he said.
Gardai are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or was in the vicinity of Church Street/ Church Road between 3 and 4am to contact Tullamore garda station on (057) 93 27600.