Sunday 22 October 2017

Like a red rag to a bull - Irishman forced to tell wife of secret trip after being hurt in Pamplona

Stephen Tighe from Naas in his Spanish hospital bed. Photo courtesy of Diario de Noticias
Stephen Tighe from Naas in his Spanish hospital bed. Photo courtesy of Diario de Noticias

Gerard Couzens

The Irishman injured during the first San Fermines bull run on Friday took time out of a stag do to risk his life and kept his decision secret from his wife, it emerged yesterday.

Electronics engineer Stephen Tighe (39), from Naas, Co Kildare, decided to head to Pamplona and run with the bulls for the first time ever after travelling to the northern Spanish city of Bilbao for his knees-up with 15 friends.

The group had planned to see the three-day Bilbao BBK Live rock and pop festival, which ended on Saturday and featured a headline performance by Depeche Mode.

But crocked Mr Tighe spent most of his weekend in bed in hospital nearly two hours drive away instead after colliding with another runner and suffering chest injuries.

A daredevil participant is trampled in the San Fermines bull run. Picture: Reuters
A daredevil participant is trampled in the San Fermines bull run. Picture: Reuters

He only told his wife he was in hospital after being admitted.

Yesterday, Mr Tighe told the Irish Independent that he is now "100pc and out of hospital".

The keen sportsman, who once swam between Alcatraz and San Francisco, broke off from his trip to Bilbao to head to Pamplona with a thrill-seeking pal.

He earlier told a local paper: "With everyone running at the same time, it was very difficult to move. It would have been a shame not to have come to Pamplona when I was so close."

A daredevil participant is trampled in the San Fermines bull run. Picture: Reuters
A daredevil participant is trampled in the San Fermines bull run. Picture: Reuters

Mr Tighe, who went to hospital himself after feeling pain in his chest, added: "My wife just said to me when I told her, 'Why did you do that?'."

Mr Tighe, who was rethinking going to the BKK festival, was taking an upbeat view to the situation.

"At least it's not serious and I can tell the story," he said.

Irish Independent

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