Woman hit by mallet that fell from roof
A WOMAN was left bloodied and bruised after a mallet fell on her head in a car park.
The black mallet head, which was missing its handle, apparently fell off the roof at the historic Potato Market car park in Limerick and hit the woman on the head as she was passing by. The mother of four had parked her car just moments before she was struck.
According to witnesses, she screamed with horror when she saw blood gushing from her head.
Gardai later took a statement from the woman but an officer told her it would be treated as a civil matter and not a crime, as no one had attacked her with the mallet.
It's believed the woman, from Dooradoyle in Limerick city, was planning on travelling with her children to Kilkee, Co Clare, but had to postpone her plans.
The woman's mother was contacted and arrived at the scene to drive her four grandchildren home.
The injured woman was taken to St John's Hospital for treatment. It's believed she received a number of stitches to her head and was treated for shock.
"I was parking my car and I saw her, she was in an awful state. I saw the blood. She was shouting. I didn't know what was happening. The poor creature," said one onlooker.
"It was just an accident. It's so dangerous though . . . if she got killed! It shouldn't happen," the witness added.
"She was standing there and shouting: 'Somebody please help me, somebody please help'. I was looking at her and I didn't know what had happened."
The market is run by the Limerick City Market Trustees. Manager of the trustees, David O'Brien, said: "I couldn't possibly comment at this stage. I don't know what happened exactly.
"I've only heard there was an incident of some kind."