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Two gardai hurt in motorcycle smash while hero officer is praised after foiling burglary

Two Traffic Corps gardai were seriously injured in a collision that occurred on their way to deal with a road accident.

The garda officers, one in his late 30s and the other in his early 40s, were involved in a collision on their motorcycles with a car on Clarion Road, Sligo.

Both were taken with bone injuries to Sligo General Hospital.

There were no reports of injuries to the car passengers, a man, his wife, and two children aged about 10 and 12.

The family, who live in New York, were in Sligo for the Fleadh Ceoil and on their way into the town where one of the children was due to take part in a music contest.

The gardai were on their way from Sligo to assist at two-car accident outside Glencar. Two females and one male were taken from that accident to Sligo General Hospital. Their injuries are are not thought to be serious.


A garda motor-cycle was still embedded in the Renault car at Clarion Road 90 minutes after the Sligo accident that happened at about 10.05am.

The other bike was lying 50 metres away.

A Garda spokesman 
said: "The two gardai are quite seriously injured. 
Inquiries are at the very early stages and the car-driver is assisting with investigations."

Meanwhile, a hero garda who was hurt when he was dragged by a getaway car as he foiled a burglary at a property in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, has been named as Garda John Foote.

He and his colleague Gda Lorraine Hogan had been on patrol when they saw two raiders trying to break into a house last week.

The burglars tried to speed off with Gda Foote getting caught in the door of their getaway car.

He suffered injuries to his arm.

Local TD Seamus Healy praised the two gardai saying: "This incident just goes to show how effective the garda on the beat is in our community."