Friday 24 November 2017

Man dies in horse-riding accident

Colin Guinan
Colin Guinan

Eoghan MacConnell

A YOUNG man has died after falling from a horse.

Colin Guinan (25) was thrown from a horse near his home in Banagher, Co Offaly last night.

He suffered severe head injuries and was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital at around 6.30pm.

Tragically, doctors were unable to stabilise the popular young man and he died in hospital.

Banagher Parish Priest Fr Pierre Pepper said the local community is “devastated” by the tragic death. “He was 25 years of age and had all to live for,” he said.

The youngest of six children, Mr Guinan, worked in Athlone and was very well liked in his home town.

His father Tommy had a shop in Banagher, where he still lives with his wife Joan.

Mr Guinan comes from a family who were “able to ride a horse before they knew how to walk,” explained Fr Pepper.

He described the family as “very well got altogether. They are big community people and big horse people. The whole place is devastated.”

The accident occurred near an industrial unit in the town when “the horse got spooked and it was just unfortunate the way he fell,” he said.

According to Fr Pepper, a few people who were passing provided first aid prior to the arrival of the ambulance.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised. In the meantime, Fr Pepper said the family will have the support of the community. “They are a good united family and the community will rally around them,” he remarked.

Gardai in Birr said the incident is under investigation.

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