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Leading Irish hotelier Tom Moran fights for his life after fall in Spain

Family holding constant vigil at hospital bedside

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 20/06/2016 | 17:45

Tom Moran, at the Red Cow Inn Hotel. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 10/1/2011
Tom Moran, at the Red Cow Inn Hotel. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 10/1/2011

A top hotelier is fighting for his life after being placed in an induced coma following a fall in Spain.

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Tom Moran - who owns the Red Cow Hotel on the Naas Road in Dublin - is in hospital in Malaga after suffering head injuries while attending the wedding of Charlie Chawke's daughter.

Sources have confirmed the father-of-seven fell after the chair he was sitting on slipped off a ledge.

Mr Moran was admitted to hospital in Marbella with internal bleeding before being transferred up the Costa Del Sol to Malaga.

Members of the popular businessman's family travelled from Britain and Ireland to be at his bedside this week, and are maintaining a constant vigil.

Born in Athea, Co Limerick Mr Moran was in Spain for the wedding of publican Charlie Chawke's daughter Jenny to partner Rory Burgess.

While Mr Moran's family remain by his side in Spain, messages of support have been flooding in from Limerick people, many of whom were at last weekend's wedding.

Another source said that Mr Moran's family remained "very worried".

Mr Moran - a former Limerick GAA sponsor - previously owned hotels across Britain. He sold the bulk of his group - which comprised Bewley's Hotels - to Dalata in a €455m deal. However, he held on to the landmark Red Cow property.

Mayor of Limerick Liam Galvin, who is based near Mr Moran's home of Athea, said the whole of Limerick was wishing him a speedy recovery.

"The people of Limerick are 100pc supportive of him," he told the Limerick Leader.

"He has been more than generous with his time and money when it comes to the GAA in Limerick. I think for the whole community in Limerick, especially the GAA community, Tom is in their thoughts and prayers."

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Meanwhile, St Munchin's College in the Limerick suburb of Corbally tweeted: "We extend our best wishes to Tom Moran to whom we wish a speedy recovery." Mr Moran's hotel once sponsored the college's rugby team.

Mr Moran is the second high-profile Irishman to suffer serious injuries in Spain this month. Garda Ombudsman Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald remains in an induced coma in northern Spain after slipping off a wall and falling onto rocks two weeks ago.

Mr Fitzgerald, from Glin in Co Limerick, had arrived in the country to meet up with his wife and son.

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