ARTIST Edward Fox-Doyle narrowly cheated death as a massive branch fell from the tree he was leaning against at a farmers' market.
The 68-year-old said he "aged 20 years" as the heavy branch snapped over his head from the giant sycamore tree, and came crashing down beside him.
The Dublin artist was selling some of his own artwork from a pop-up tent at his "regular spot" beside the huge tree at the market in Cabinteely Park on Sunday morning.
"I heard the crack, and I said 'that tree is coming down'. Basically what I said is 'will I go left or right?', and I went left, my instinct said go left."
Speaking from his Dun Laoghaire studio last night, the shocked artist revealed that his quick thinking served him well as the heavy branch fell to his right.
An eyewitness to the incident, a member of the gardai, told Mr Fox-Doyle that it was "the closest" she had ever seen, and praised his rapid movement and quick thinking.
A spokesperson from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said that the incident at the park was a "matter of concern".
They estimated that the tree, which had evidence of decay, was over 100 years old.
"Although there was evidence of decay, measures were taken years ago to compensate with wire cables installed between the branches to reduce the likelihood of any one branch falling out," said the spokesman.
He added the tree was to be felled yesterday, and the heavy winds at the weekend were the cause of the failing of the support system.
Mr Fox-Doyle described the fact that no one was injured as "a little miracle".