Sunday 25 February 2018

Settlement of €50,000 for goalpost falling on girl's head

Tim Healy

A YOUNG girl playing goalie during a football match was injured when a goalpost fell on her head, the High Court heard.

Jessica Fidgeon Cush settled her action for damages against the GAA for €50,000.

Ms Cush, of Orlynn Park, Lusk, Co Dublin was 11-years old when the accident occurred on October 21, 2006, as she played on a pitch at Starlights GAA Club, Collinstown in north Dublin.

Ms Cush told the court when the goalpost hit her on the head, she did not know what had happened.

She said after the accident she took a break from gaelic football and played soccer instead in a midfield position.

"I moved out of goals. I did not want to tempt fate," she told the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, who approved the settlement.

Earlier her counsel, Richard Keane, said Ms Cush had been knocked to the ground when she was hit by the goalpost. He said she suffered a significant trauma and it was later discovered she had suffered a neck injury. He said she suffered nightmares and flashbacks after the accident and also suffered from headaches.

She sued, through her father Philip, the GAA as the association responsible for the organisation, control and supervision of the playing of gaelic games in the state and which was responsible for Starlights GAA Club.

It was claimed the goalpost had been allowed to be or to remain in a dangerous and unsafe condition and that there was an alleged failure to carry out any appropriate inspection of it. It was also claimed there was a failure to ensure the goalpost was adequately secured.

Ms Cush, it was claimed, was extremely shocked and shaken and sustained an injury to her neck and had to wear a neck collar afterwards. She also had a clicking sensation in her neck for some time afterwards.

It was further claimed that Ms Cush had a fear of dying after the event and sustained post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the accident.

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