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Boxer settles in €38k quad-bike leg injury claim

AN amateur boxer who said he was injured after a barrier hit his left leg during a quad bike demonstration at the RDS Toys For Big Boys show has settled a €38,000 damages claim.

Martin McNamee (20), of Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin, told the Circuit Civil Court that on the November 9, 2007, the quad driver performed a two-side wheels demonstration and lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to put it back on its four wheels.

Mr McNamee, who was 15 at the time and was accompanied by two adults, David McGuirk and Michael McArdle, said the quad bike struck one of the security barriers, which then hit him on the leg.

Mr McNamee was taken by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital where X-rays revealed no fracture. He sustained a soft tissue injury and bruising to his leg. His leg remained painful for several weeks.

Mr McNamee, who was boxing for a local club at the time, had suffered pain in his leg when training in cold weather.

He sued the Royal Dublin Society, of Ballsbridge, Dublin, along with show organiser Media Team Ltd, of Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin, and exhibitor Benny O'Hanlon, of Todds Leap Road, Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.

Counsel for the RDS and for Media Team Ltd, said both companies denied the barriers had been unattached during the show. He said the barrier that struck Mr McNamee had been pushed by people standing behind, before colliding with the quad bike.


John Cheatle, for Benny O'Hanlon who denied liability, said the quad bike driver had no opportunity to avoid the barrier when it was pushed into his path. Mr McNamee said he did not see the barrier being pushed.

After the defence was opened, the court was told that Mr McNamee's €38,000 claim had been settled for an undisclosed sum. The judge awarded costs against all defendants.