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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Castleisland father was minutes from terror

The horrific scenes that unfolded as bombs ripped through runners and spectators at the close of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

A CASTLEISLAND man who brought his 12-year-old daughter to see the closing stages of the Boston Marathon was just a few streets away from the horrific bomb blasts that left three dead and 150 injured on Monday.

He was one of several Kerry people who were in the area at the time of the bomb tore through runners and spectators at the marathon finishing line. Thankfully, all were unharmed, but shaken by their experience.

Castleisland man Joe Keane has found himself struggling to explain the bombings to his 12-year-old daughter, after their joyful day watching the marathon turned to unspeakable horror for the city.

"We were about half a mile away at the time... I had my 12-year-old daughter down there with me and for a 12-year-old to have to experience that. I had to explain to her about the bomb and about the eight-year-old child who died," Mr Keane told The Kerryman.

Brosna man James Doran and Listowel native John Perryman had completed the marathon less than an hour before the city-centre scene turned into one of devastation and panic.

It was an even closer brush with terror for Kenmare native Robert White who crossed the finish line 20 minutes before the area was rocked by the explosions. His wife had been watching the marathon from the area where the first bomb exploded.

It has also emerged that the mother of the eight-year old boy, Martin Richard, killed in the bomb had Kerry connections, but full details of these ties to the county were not known at time of going to press.

Meanwhile, public houses in the city centre belonging to Finuge native John Joe Somers offered refuge to hundreds of marathon runners eager to escape the turmoil of the streets in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

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