Friday 20 April 2018

Woman 'pinned under milk float driven by Father Dougal'

The famous 'milk man' scene in Fr Ted
The famous 'milk man' scene in Fr Ted
Fr Dougal (Ardal O'Hanlon) in the milk float from the Father Ted episode Speed 3

David Raleigh and Emma Jane Hade

A WIDOW who claimed she was knocked down by 'Fr Dougal' and injured by a milk float used in the cult television comedy show 'Father Ted' has settled a High Court action for damages.

Geraldine Naughton (59) of Inisgrove, Lahinch Road, Ennis, Co Clare, claimed she was pinned under the float after it drove up against the curb of a roundabout and rolled over her left leg.

According to court documents, the milk float was "driven or steered erratically" by a man dressed as the buffoon priest Fr Dougal McGuire character during the 'Father Ted' festival in Kilfenora, Co Clare, on or about February 26, 2008.

Ms Naughton claimed she fell after she was driven up against the curb of a makeshift roundabout by the milk float, whereupon the wheel of the float passed over her leg leaving her in "great pain".

When the float was removed her ankle and lower leg were swollen and extremely painful.

She was brought to Ennis General Hospital where X-rays revealed a fracture to the tip of her left fibula and she was placed in plaster. She had to use crutches for eight weeks. She also sustained a laceration to the back of her left ankle.


It was also noted she had sustained a friction burn of the skin on her left calf. According to claim papers lodged with the High Court, Ms Naughton was "left with a scar that constitutes a cosmetic defect".

It was also claimed the plaintiff continues to suffer from pain if she partakes in any physical exercise and is unable to wear high-heeled shoes.

Ms Naughton sued for damages for personal injury, loss, inconvenience and expense caused or occasioned by the negligence on the part of the defendants or one of them, their servants or agents.

She also claimed interest on all special damages pursuant to Statute and further or other reliefs, as well as court costs together with VAT at the appropriate statutory rate.

According to the claim document, the Plaintiff and seven others took part in a fundraising event organised by and for Down Syndrome Ireland Ltd, the first named defendant, which involved pushing a milk float from Ennistymon to Kilfenora in Co Clare, a distance of approximately 10kms.

"The said milk float was the same or a replica of the milk float which had featured in an episode of the television comedy programme Fr Ted, which particular episode was a parody of the action movie "Speed", and accordingly the milk float would be recognised with fondness by aficionados and followers of the Father Ted programme," the claim document stated.

Senior counsel Michael McMahon asked the court to strike out the matter after it was heard an undisclosed settlement was agreed. There was no admission of liability by any of the parties involved.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed and the matter was struck out by Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill.

Irish Independent

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