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Paul Galvin and St Brendan's College pay €8k to pupil hit by duster in 2010

Court Reporter

Published 10/04/2013 | 05:36

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Paul Galvin was a teacher in St Brendan’s College, Killarney, when a duster he threw struck the then 15-year-old pupil Nathan Adams.

KERRY footballer Paul Galvin and the board of management of St Brendan's College have paid €8,000 to a pupil struck and injured after being struck by a blackboard duster during an Irish class in the school.

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Nathan Adams, now aged 18, was 15-years-old and lawfully present in a classroom when he was struck by a duster during an Irish class being taught by Mr Galvin on January 25, 2010.

The "shocked and distressed" teenager was taken to a GP. He sustained a laceration to his scalp and was bleeding. He has been left with a scar to his head, and suffered pain, upset and convenience. He also suffered distress, psychological upset and his social, domestic and recreational life was affected, according to the claim. The schoolboy, from Knockeendubh, Killarney, sued through his father, Gerry Adams, and a claim for damages and personal injury, loss, inconvenience and expenses caused by negligence and breach of duty including statutory duty of the defendants was lodged in the Circuit Civil Court.

According to the civil bill, Paul Galvin was a teacher with an address at St Brendan's College and the second-named defendant, the owner-occupier, at the time of the incident.

The offer was approved and a settlement of €8,000 general damages, together with costs, was ordered by Judge Terence O'Sullivan in May 2011.

The matter was listed on the County Registrar, Pádraig O'Keeffe's list of Civil Motions at Tralee Circuit Court last Monday for payment, as the injured party has now reached 18 years of age. A birth certificate was handed into court.

County Registrar Pádraig Burke said the order was to "pay out" the provisions of the claim to Mr Adams and he struck out the motion.

Paul Galvin joined the teaching staff of St Brendan's College in 2007 as an Irish and Geography teacher. He no longer teaches in the school.


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