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Tragic dad Rory gives gift of life to five after fatal fall

A YOUNG father who was fatally injured when he fell from a ladder saved the lives of five others through organ donation, an inquest heard.

Rory Doherty (33) died after falling eight metres while working on a sign with his father at Rosemount Business Park in Ballycoolin, Dublin, on June 18 last year.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard that father-of-one Rory, of Station Court View, Clonsilla, held a donor card and five people benefited

Since his death, his family and friends have raised €40,000 for charity in his honour.

Rory was a director, with his father James and brother Gavin, of Doherty Flooring and Wood Products.

James Doherty told the inquest that on the day his son fell, they were removing a sign that had been placed over their company's sign at the entrance to the business park.

"Rory took out a couple of screws and stretched over to the corner, and with that the ladder moved and Rory fell off it. It all happened in a flash," he said.

When paramedics arrived, Rory was unconscious. He was taken to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, where scans showed he had suffered severe head and neck injuries.

He was transferred to Beaumont Hospital for assessment and doctors there said he could not survive. He died on June 19.

Mr Doherty told the court his son was due to marry tomorrow.

"He carried a donor card from his teens. As a result, five people's lives were saved."

He said he was "very proud" of Rory's "wonderful friends".

"They got together and organised an annual 5km run to raise funds for cystic fibrosis which was always very close to his heart," he said.

"Thirteen-hundred people ran the race and his friends in London, Canada and Sydney organised satellite runs. The money raised from that was nearly €40,000."

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Speaking after the inquest, Rory's sister Ailbhe Doherty said organ donation had brought some comfort.

"The fact that Rory lives on in five people, it does give great comfort to ourselves," she said.

The 'Race for Rory' was held last Sunday, she said, and the Irish Kidney Association had one of their biggest uptakes of donor cards on the day.