Pilot stabbed in Aran Islands incident now 'stable' as condition improves
AN airline pilot who was stabbed in an incident on the Aran Islands yesterday is now in a stable condition in hospital.
Des Collins (47) a pilot with Aer Arann Islands was critically injured after he was stabbed in an incident at Mainistir on Inis Mor at lunchtime on Tuesday. He was airlifted to University Hospital Galway where he received emergency treatment.
A second man, Vincent McCarron (67), was also airlifted to hospital on a separate flight and was treated for minor injuries.
Gardai in Kilronan, investigating the incident have urged anyone who may have witnessed the events to come forward. No arrests have been made to date.
The incident occurred at 1.15pm yesterday at Mainister, about one mile from the main island hub of Cill Ronain.
The local community of Kilronan on Inis Mor remains in shock today following an incident.
Mr Collins was stabbed in the chest and left with serious injuries in the incident. His condition was described as stable today. Gardai are now waiting to interview him in regards to the incident.
Locals on the island told of their shock at the incident which has left the entire community reeling. Both men are well liked members of the community which is home to about 800 people.
Mr Collins, (47) from Galway city, is a pilot who has flown for Aer Arann Islands for the past 12 years.
Mr McCarron is originally from Dublin but has lived on the island for a number of decades. He is a world-renowned basket weaver and travels extensively to exhibit his craft. He and his wife Barbara, a native of the island raised their four children on Inis Mor.
The family suffered a tragedy earlier this year when their youngest son Uinseon was killed in a car accident in Australia in May. The crash happened in New South Wales on May 12. Tuesday marked his sixth month anniversary.
Speaking to the Irish Independent following the death, Mr McCarron described him as not only his son but his best friend.
Locals remained in shock at the incident today.
"Both men are well known and well liked out here. It's a real tragedy.
"The McCarron family are still grieving over Uinseon's death and they really didn't need this. Vincent and Des are both lovely guys," said one local.
Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact gardai in Cill Ronain at 099 61102.