Saturday 20 January 2018

Man (89) bruised and shaken by fall was ignored in street

Con Coughlan
Con Coughlan
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A 89-year-old man who tripped and fell in a city centre at lunchtime was ignored by pedestrians, shoppers and motorists.

Con Coughlan (89) was eventually able to pick himself up off the road on Washington Street in Cork, and limp over to a wall.

Bruised, cut and shaken, Con managed to make his own way home.

Con appealed for people to be more considerate of the elderly, the disabled and the vulnerable.

"I was very surprised that no-one came over to help."

Con's family were so shocked that they contacted local radio station RedFM.

His granddaughter Orla said she was appalled and urged people to be more considerate. "I just wanted to make everyone aware that Cork people have gone to the extreme of being too wrapped up in their own lives to help others."

Widower Con (inset) regularly walks into the city for lunch. But he misjudged the height of a kerb and fell.

"It was 3pm on a Friday and not one car stopped, not one person passing on the path stopped to ask was granddad OK," Orla added.

"My granddad is so proud to be a Corkman. We cannot believe that someone wouldn't help an elderly person up off the ground after falling. It is really upsetting."

Irish Independent

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