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Teen hurt in game of Blind Man's Buff awarded €27,000

Saurya Cherfi

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

Geraldine McDonagh, mum of Anthony McDonagh, leaves court. Pic: Courts Collins
Geraldine McDonagh, mum of Anthony McDonagh, leaves court. Pic: Courts Collins

A teenager has been awarded €27,000 in damages after getting injured while playing 'Blind Man's Buff' at an adventure centre.

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The Circuit Civil Court heard how the invident happened in October 2012 at Carlingford Adventure Centre, which is located at Tholsel Street, Carlingford, in Co Louth.

Anthony McDonagh was blindfolded for the purpose of the activity, a version of the classic children's game.

Barrister Caroline Williams said Anthony (17) collided with a tree while he was playing the game.

In the process he suffered two black eyes and a laceration to his nose, which was left deviated as a result.

The court was told Anthony was taken to the A&E of Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, where he later had minor surgery under general anaesthetic.

Mr Justice Raymond Groarke was yesterday told that since the incident Anthony had suffered nasal congestion and his wound had left a lump on his nose.

Anthony, of Castlebrook, Newcastle Road, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, sued Carlingford Adventure Centre Ltd for negligence through his mother Geraldine McDonagh.

Ms Williams said the defendant had accepted an assessment of the damages at €27,133 which had been made by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

She recommended the acceptance of the offer to the court.

Judge Groarke, after hearing that Anthony will require cosmetic surgery to his nose, accepted the settlement offer.

Irish Independent

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