Tuesday 25 September 2018

Daughter of 'Mrs Brown' star must pay €30,000 after crash

Fiona O’Carroll. Picture: Collins
Fiona O’Carroll. Picture: Collins

Ray Managh

Fiona O'Carroll, daughter of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' star Brendan O'Carroll, has been ordered to pay €30,000 damages to a motorbike courier she collided with on a roundabout.

Ms O'Carroll, of Hollystown Demesne, Hollystown, Dublin 15, who has played a role in a number of her father's shows, was driving her jeep on November 6, 2015, when the accident happened. Her six-week-old son was in the vehicle at the time but was unhurt.

Courier Patrick Harrison, who lives at The Cottages, Killeen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, told the Circuit Civil Court he was injured in the collision at a major roundabout at Snugborough Road, in the city, and taken to hospital by ambulance. Judge Francis Comerford told Mr Harrison's lawyer John Ferry there were very different versions of what happened told to the court by Ms O'Carroll and Mr Harrison but confusion was often caused by high-stress incidents.

The judge favoured the view the jeep had struck the rear side of Mr Harrison's moped and knocked him off it. Ms O'Carroll, who was directed to pay legal costs of the case, told the court she thought Mr Harrison had cut across in front of her jeep. When she went to see if he was all right, he was holding his knee and saying he had a lot of jobs to do.

Mr Harrison told Mr Ferry his neck and right knee had been injured in the accident, but following medication and physiotherapy, got better within a year. Judge Comerford, awarded Mr Harrison €28,000 damages for personal injuries and an additional €2,000 for special damages. Ms O'Carroll was granted a stay on the court order to facilitate consideration of an appeal to the High Court.

Irish Independent

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