A TWO-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being kicked in the head by a horse, write Grainne Cunningham and Mark O'Regan.
The child was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital after the incident, which happened close to the Rosemount estate in Thurles, Co Tipperary, at about 8.15pm last night.
Local residents said it was unclear how the child had come into contact with the horse, but that there are animals grazing in fields close by.
The National Air Medical Co-ordination Centre requested the assistance of the rescue helicopter from Shannon after receiving the emergency call.
The child's condition was initially described as critical, but later he was said to have stabilised.
It is understood he is under continuing observation but immediate surgery was not required.
Rosemount estate is mostly comprised of large, detached family homes.