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O'CONNELL:  (CIARA);   PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION  FOR DAMAGES, HIGH COURT, DUBLIN, (21/6/13).**

SEE Hi Ct story.***broke arm  when fell while  dancing  in CopperFaced Jacks

PIC. SHOWS:    CIARA   O'CONNELL,  GLENVIEW  PARK,  TALLAGHT, DUBLIN AT COURT FOR  HER PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION  FOR DAMAGES.***See also Humphries  Arm Break Claim CX (Ms  O'Connell's dancing  companion  re the accident)                                                                                                                 (PIC: COURTPIX)

O'CONNELL: (CIARA); PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION FOR DAMAGES, HIGH COURT, DUBLIN, (21/6/13).** SEE Hi Ct story.***broke arm when fell while dancing in CopperFaced Jacks PIC. SHOWS: CIARA O'CONNELL, GLENVIEW PARK, TALLAGHT, DUBLIN AT COURT FOR HER PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION FOR DAMAGES.***See also Humphries Arm Break Claim CX (Ms O'Connell's dancing companion re the accident) (PIC: COURTPIX)

O'CONNELL: (CIARA); PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION FOR DAMAGES, HIGH COURT, DUBLIN, (21/6/13).** SEE Hi Ct story.***broke arm when fell while dancing in CopperFaced Jacks PIC. SHOWS: CIARA O'CONNELL, GLENVIEW PARK, TALLAGHT, DUBLIN AT COURT FOR HER PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION FOR DAMAGES.***See also Humphries Arm Break Claim CX (Ms O'Connell's dancing companion re the accident) (PIC: COURTPIX)

THE High Court will give its decision next week in the case of a woman who claims she was injured in a fall at Copper Face Jacks nightclub while dancing.

Sales representative Ciara O'Connell (33) was dancing backwards to a Shakira song with a male colleague in a style from the film Dirty Dancing when she fractured her arm at the Harcourt Street nightclub.

A central issue was whether the floor was wet at the time, the court heard.

Yesterday, Ms O'Connell's dancing partner, Noel Humphries, told Mr Justice Sean Ryan he was not familiar with the phrase "dirty dancing".

 

SCARRING

Under cross examination by Colm Condon, for the club, Mr Humphries, who had been on a night out with a number of work colleagues, accepted he and Ms O'Connell were dancing closely because when they fell he landed on top of her.

At the time of the fall he felt an unusual sensation under his feet as if he slipped.

He did not particularly notice the condition of the floor but when he got up his hand was wet, but he did not know if it was from sweating.

He did not make any complaint to the club about what happened and his concern after the fall was for Ms O'Connell.

He said nobody had come to him to say he had been dancing recklessly.

Ms O'Connell, of Glenview Park, Tallaght, Dublin, who had to have two operations following the accident, yesterday showed Mr Justice Sean Ryan the scarring on her arm.

She has sued Breanagh Catering Ltd, trading as Copper Face Jacks as a result of the incident in the early hours of August 4, 2006.

She claimed Mr Humphries slipped on the floor, which she has alleged was wet.

The club says the floor was dry and allege that Ms O'Connell was engaged in dangerous and reckless dancing.

Nightclub manager Aiden McCormack, told the court the club does not generally allow drinking on the dance floor and it does not encourage people to walk through the dance floor with drink.

Mr Justice Ryan said he will give his decision in a week.

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