Sunday 18 February 2018

Galway fan fights for life after falling into canal

He said Moore's father was disgusted and mortified by his son's behaviour but was still in court to support him. Stock picture
He said Moore's father was disgusted and mortified by his son's behaviour but was still in court to support him. Stock picture

Ian Begley

A young hurling fan who had travelled to Dublin for the All-Ireland final last weekend has been left fighting for his life in hospital after falling into a canal.

Gardai said the 23-year-old man from New Inn, Knockbrack, Co Galway, was pulled from the Grand Canal in the Portobello area of Dublin in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A man and woman helped in the rescue.

Gardai said the injured man had travelled to Dublin with friends for Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final clash between Galway and Waterford in Croke Park.

However he was separated from his friends when the incident occurred.

The young hurling fan was rescued from the Grand Canal and was rushed to St James's Hospital, where he remained in a critical condition last night, gardai said.

"This young man was socialising and somehow ended up in the canal," a source said.

"We understand that a number of people came to his aid and we're now trying to establish who they are."

The source added that this incident is not considered malicious.

"We just want to tie up any loose ends on how he ended up there.

"He was brought to hospital and is believed to be in a very bad way," he said.

Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station said that they are anxious to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident, especially the man and woman who came to the assistance of the young man and raised the alarm.

Anyone with information can contract gardai on 01 6669400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or at any garda station.

Irish Independent

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