Monday 22 December 2014

Nurse sues after falling in mud at Stones’ Slane gig

Published 30/01/2014 | 07:22

Victoria Clayton leaving court  after the opening day of her High Court action for damages against music promoters, MCD for injuries she sustained when she attended the 2007 Rolling Stones Concert at Slane, Co. Meath
Victoria Clayton leaving court after the opening day of her High Court action for damages against music promoters, MCD for injuries she sustained when she attended the 2007 Rolling Stones Concert at Slane, Co. Meath

A WOMAN slipped on mud on her way to the toilets at a concert in Slane and ended up being stretchered out of the venue, the High Court heard.

Victoria Clayton, a nurse, said she was in immense pain after the fall which occurred just before the Rolling Stones came on stage at their August 2007 gig.

“I missed it all,” she told the court.

Ms Clayton from Portadown, Co Armagh, sued MCD Productions Ltd, Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, and Corporate Solutions Group, Gaskin Business Park, Coes Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, over the accident at Slane Castle on August 18, 2007.

She claims the defendants were negligent in the management and operation of the site and in its upkeep and maintenance during the live musical event.

She claims a sloping grassy bank was permitted to become excessively wet and slippery and there was a failure to provide some system whereby patrons could safely negotiate the bank.

The claims are denied. It is argued straw and mulch was placed around the venue and there were gravel paths to walk on.

Ms Clayton said she suffered a fracture to the calf of her right leg and another fracture to the shin bone of the same leg.

Ms Clayton told the court that when she has to stand during long operations she has discomfort in her leg.

There is an area of numbness around her knee and the scar there is still visible.

She said she had gone with a group of friends on a bus to the concert and drank a can of cider while travelling. She had a glass of wine in the village pub before walking to Slane Castle.

She stated that she had been at several concerts in the past and attending Slane Castle was an annual pilgrimage.

It was wet that day and she was wearing Wellington boots. She said they had brought bin bags to sit on because the ground was wet and she had beer once she got on to the site.

She went to the portaloo with a friend and there were a lot of people milling about.

She said she slipped and fell as she attempted to get to the toilets.

After the fall, she said she could not get up and had to be taken to an ambulance on a stretcher.

She said there was “nothing but mud” and the ground was uneven.

A lot of people were falling and everybody was treading very carefully, she said.

The case before Ms Justice Mary Irvine continues.

 

Tim Healy

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