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'I'm lucky to survive cow attack' - Michael


Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae said he was "lucky to be alive" after he was attacked by a cow on a farm.

The 49-year-old was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) after being hurt as he was feeding cattle on a Kerry farm at 6pm on Sunday.

The Kerry TD revealed the last thing he remembered about the attack was lying on the ground and using his foot to desperately keep the animal at bay.

"I'm still standing - sort of," he said. "This was a cow that had just calved. She was always very quiet. She caught me unawares up against the [shed] bars and gave me a good going over.


"The worst thing was she got me on the ground and when you're down on the slab, there is only so much time you can last at that.

"The last thing I can remember is her standing on my face."

Luckily, the politician's son, Kevin, was nearby and he ran to his father's aid with another man, John Joe O'Reilly.

"Only for the two of them being there to pull me away I wouldn't be here to talk about it today," he said.

"The truth of it was that I let it happen by just not being on the ball [around the cow].

"If I was near a cross cow I would have been on my guard. But this cow was always very, very quiet."

He sustained badly-bruised ribs in the attack but miraculously escaped major damage to his face and head.

Mr Healy-Rae said he was going to discharge himself from CUH after being kept for tests and observation for the past two days by doctors.