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Dad in stag-night fall wakes from his coma

A YOUNG Irish father who suffered a head injury during a stag weekend abroad has awoken from a coma.

Self-employed painter and decorator Eddie McMahon, from Finglas in Dublin, suffered a fractured skull after he fell.

The 29-year-old was one of a group of 24 who travelled to Alicante last week for the stag party of John Forrester (30).

Mr Forrester's father Thomas, a former member of the Defence Forces, said they had decided to go out to a nightclub shortly after they arrived on Thursday when the incident happened.


Mr McMahon, a father of two young children, was rushed to hospital for treatment where he lapsed into a coma. His wife Elaine flew out to Spain to stay by her husband's beside.

Yesterday, Mr Forrester said Mr McMahon , who is originally from Cabra, had come out of the coma and had been quite agitated, possibly as a result of an injury to the brain.

The group of friends remained in Alicante over the weekend following the incident.

Meanwhile, the family of an Irishman missing in Amsterdam has travelled to Holland to assist in the search.

Paul Nolan Miralles (36), a waiter who has been living in Amsterdam for the last 10 years, went missing following a late night out with work colleagues.

He has not been seen since 4am on Wednesday when he left his Hard Rock Cafe colleagues in a bar to retrieve his bicycle from his workplace and go home.

The alarm was raised by his two flatmates, who became concerned when he did not return.

Anne Ravanova, his sister, said they believe he collected his bike for the 4km journey.

Yesterday his Spanish-born mother Rosario Nolan Miralles, from Clonsilla in Dublin, arrived to join in the search for her son along with a number of other members of his family.

Ms Ravanova said his disappearance was "completely out of character".