Monday 9 December 2019

Drummer in coma after holiday fall

Niall Dennehy is the drummer for Cork-based band Art Crimes
Niall Dennehy is the drummer for Cork-based band Art Crimes

Ralph Riegel

A talented musician has been put into an induced coma after a tragic swimming pool accident in Portugal.

Niall Dennehy, of the Cork-based band Art Crimes, suffered serious injuries when he apparently tripped and fell into the water.

He was immediately rescued by shocked onlookers. However, he is understood to have suffered serious head and respiratory injuries.

Mr Dennehy is the son of well-known Cork publican Con Dennehy, who also served as head of the Irish vintners lobby for many years.

The Dennehy family immediately flew to Portugal on hearing of the freak accident.

His father said the young man was now making slow but steady progress and they were hopeful he would be able to return to Ireland within weeks.

"It will be a long and slow road," Mr Dennehy. "We do not know exactly when we will be back, but we are hopeful," he said.

Niall is a drummer and percussionist. His band received rave reviews at 2015 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and was touring their debut album Radio.

Irish Independent

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