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Thursday 19 October 2017

Team send wishes to severely injured young fan

Ciara O'Mahony (18), from Flagmount, Co Kilkenny, suffered multiple injuries when she was struck by a car on Gowran's main street at 8.45pm on Sunday.
Ciara O'Mahony (18), from Flagmount, Co Kilkenny, suffered multiple injuries when she was struck by a car on Gowran's main street at 8.45pm on Sunday.

Ralph Riegel and Conor Kane

KILKENNY'S All-Ireland winning hurlers have sent their best wishes to a young fan who suffered serious injuries in a traffic accident while celebrating the county's record 34th title.

Ciara O'Mahony (18), from Flagmount, Co Kilkenny, suffered multiple injuries when she was struck by a car on Gowran's main street at 8.45pm on Sunday.

Ciara -- like her friends -- was out celebrating Kilkenny's 11-point victory over Galway when she was struck by a car as she crossed the road.

Minutes earlier Ciara had been in Cleere's Bar on the village's main street -- a popular GAA pub -- to toast the county's Liam MacCarthy Cup triumph and Henry Shefflin's 9th All-Ireland medal.

Ciara was treated at the scene in front of her distraught friends before being rushed to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny. However, her condition was sufficiently serious that she was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

She was last night said to be in a serious condition.

The male driver -- who is believed to be from north Kilkenny -- was treated at the scene for shock.

Ciara's parents John and Carol O'Mahony were last night maintaining a vigil at their daughter's hospital bedside.

Ciara -- who has a twin brother, Jack -- is understood to have left the pub to ring her family to chat about the match.

She had only celebrated her 18th birthday in the summer -- with the party being hosted in Cleere's Bar.

She is a first-year student at Waterford College of Further Education.

Gowran gardai appealed for witnesses to contact them -- and asked for anyone driving through the village between 8.30pm and 9pm on Sunday to contact them at (056) 7775000.

Irish Independent

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