Fireman battling bonfire hit by bottle
A FIREMAN was struck in the face with a bottle and another was hit with an iron bar as fire services attempted to control a raft of May Eve bonfires.
Extra firefighters were drafted into Limerick city on Monday to help put out 19 fires -- at an extra cost of €10,000 to the taxpayer. Bonfires on May Eve are a tradition in the city.
But as the city's fire crews battled 12 bonfires, back-up units were called to fight seven other blazes at derelict buildings, bins, trees, fences and an ESB pole.
In total, around 40 firemen were deployed from Limerick City, Shannon in Co Clare, Newport in Co Tipperary, as well as Cappamore and Rathkeale.
One firefighter, who is in his 40s, was struck in the face by a glass bottle as he tackled a bonfire on Kilmurry Road, Garryowen. He was taken to Mid-Western Regional Hospital for treatment and was discharged early yesterday.
"He got three stitches to his face," said Michael Ryan, Limerick's chief fire officer.
A fireman from Shannon received minor injuries when he was hit by an iron bar at the same location, hours later.