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Thursday 17 August 2017

Irish man (39) seriously injured in Pamplona bull run

A figure depicting as Saint Fermin is carried by people along the street, during a procession at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A figure depicting as Saint Fermin is carried by people along the street, during a procession at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

An Irishman has been injured as the bull-running festival got under way in Pamplona, Spain this morning.

A total of three other men were gored during the run, according to Spanish media.

Globo reports the Irish man (39) to be in hospital with a thoracic (upper back) injury.

It is understood to be a non life-threatening injury.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to Independent.ie that it is aware of the incident and stands ready to provide consular assistance.

Two Americans, whose condition is 'less severe', and a Spaniard, who has wounds of 'severe prognosis', are also being treated in the hospital.

More runners were treated at the scene for bruises, a Red Cross spokesman told the Guardian, after two of the animals separated from the pack.

The sprint lasted just under three minutes, which is considered an average speed for the run.

The bulls came from the Cebada Gago ranch, famed for causing more injuries in recent years.

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