Thursday 22 February 2018

Couple rushed to hospital after being attacked by swarm of bees while out walking

Dundalk couple 'stung more than 50 times'

Pat and Ann Kerley
Pat and Ann Kerley
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A Dundalk couple have issued a warning to people in their local area after they were rushed to hospital after being attacked by a swarm of bees while out walking.

Pat and Ann Kerley, a married couple in their fifties, were out walking last Friday night around 8pm when a swarm of bees emerged from a bush along the inner relief road in the town.

"We were walking past bushes and I got stung, I lifted up my t-shirt and a bee flew out. Just as I turned to wife a swarm of them came out of the bushes and we were covered in them. I've never seen anything like it other than on the TV," Pat told

"We were running out on the road and everything to get away from them. The man that stopped for us said there were cars swerving to avoid us and said it was a wonder we weren't killed."

A friend of Ann's spotted the distressed couple and rushed them both to Louth hospital where they were then transported by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda.

The pair were both given injections for both the pain and to bring down any swelling.

"Ann was stung at least 30 plus times and I had 20 plus and that's just from the barbs we pulled out ourselves," Pat said.

"We can't understand it, we reported it to the council straight away because there are a lot of people who walk down that way and if it had been someone with a child or someone who is allergic [it would have been worse]," he said.

"If the fella that brought us hadn't stopped I don't know where we would be because there was actually nowhere to run and hide," he added.

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