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Monday 23 October 2017

Student 'had to wear sparkly runners to her Debs after school hockey training slip' - court hears

Ailbhe Cole leaving the High Court. Photo: Collins Courts
Ailbhe Cole leaving the High Court. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

The High Court will give judgment later in a damages action brought by a student who claims she hurt her ankle during hockey training on the grounds of her former school.

Albhe Cole was a Leaving Cert student at Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, Dublin, and was hockey training when, it is alleged, the accident happened in near darkness after school.

The school denies negligence.

Mr Justice Raymond Fullam, after hearing legal submissions from both sides, said he will give his decision on December 16.

Ms Cole, who is now studying  pharmacology at UCD, said students were playing hockey on a grit surface and there was no flood lighting at the pitch when the accident happened on November 19, 2012.

She said she loved sport but since the accident she has not been able to play any sport.

She also said she can't wear high heels and wore sparkly runners to her Debs after her Leaving Cert.

Ms Cole (22) O’Rourke Park, Sallynoggin, Dublin, claimed there was an alleged failure to install sufficient lighting for the playing field.  It was further claimed the ground around the kerb area of the pitch was allegedly slippery.

The school contended hockey training only occurred "light permitting."

The court heard Ms Cole suffered chronic injuries and had to have surgery to have screws inserted in her ankle.  She has been left with pain and poor balance, it was claimed.

In submissions to the court, Niall Beirne SC, for Ms Cole, said the lighting at the time of the accident was not the standard required by the International Hockey Association.

Hockey was at best being played in murky light conditions and in fact almost dark light conditions, he said.

Finbarr Fox SC, for the school, said while there was no doubt Ms Cole sustained a nasty and regrettable injury, it was an unfortunate accident and no more.

Irish Independent

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