'Runaway horse' causes €4,500 damage to woman's car on Dublin street
A woman's car was damaged by a 'runaway' horse and carriage on a Dublin street, causing more than €4,000 worth of damage.
Grainne Kennedy told Damien O' Reilly on RTE's Liveline that a "runaway horse and driverless carriage" collided with her car on Oliver Bond Street on the morning of Thursday June 29 at around 9.45am.
She is now looking to identify the owner of the animal.
She said she stopped the car immediately when she saw the unattended horse and carriage galloping toward her car.
"I'd just turned the car into Thomas Street car park and all I could see was this horse and carriage coming straight for me, so I came to a dead stop and I really thought the horse was going to come up onto the front of the car but thankfully at the last minute it veered around the driver's side and it was the back of the carriage that damaged my car,"
Grainne said that people at the scene afterwards told her "how lucky she was" because although it sounds light-hearted now, Grainne said it was "very scary at the time".
"It was going pretty fast and there was quite an impact when the wheel of the carriage hit my car. It cut a circle out of the headlights and scraped all the side of the car and broke the driver's mirror," she said.
Grainne said she waited for over an hour for the driver to come back but he never did. The last she saw of the driver was him chasing the horse down Bridgefoot Street after the collision, she told the broadcaster.
She reported the incident to Gardaí at Kevin's Street but the driver has still not been identified as there is no CCTV on the street.
Grainne also went to Dublin City Council, who license carriages, to try to get help to identify the driver but had no luck there either.
"The carriages are licensed by Dublin City Council so I contacted the person there responsible for licensing who was trying to help me identify the person based on my very sketchy description and nobody has come forward to him to say that their carriage has been damaged,"
The incident has caused €4,500 worth of damage to Grainne's car and although she has comprehensive car insurance she fears the vehicle will more than likely have to be written off as it damaged the car's front steering valve. She feels she will end up "paying for this one way or another".
While Grainne is keen to find the driver in order to get them to cover damages to her car, she is also eager to find out what happened to the horse after the incident.
"He (the driver) just kept running after the horse which was fair enough because my first thought was that I hope the horse is ok. I'd like to know whether the horse is OK and then we can sort out the damages," she said.