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Workman injured at Gilligan's old estate

A CONSTRUCTION worker had to be airlifted from the estate formerly owned by notorious criminal John Gilligan following an accident.

Emergency crews were called to the Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in Kildare after the male worker sustained injuries on site.

It's understood the man fell into a hole after being struck by the bucket of a JCB last night.

He was airlifted to hospital after sustaining the injuries. His condition was said to be stable.

The incident happened at around 6pm at the centre, located near Johnstownbridge, Co Kildare.


The garda helicopter, fire brigade and emergency personnel were called to the scene following the incident.

The Health and Safety Authority is now expected to launch an investigation.

The property was once owned by convicted drug dealer John Gilligan – who gardai believe ordered the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin.

The Olympic-sized equestrian centre was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) in 1996.

The land was at the centre of a bitter and long-running court battle for many years as the Gilligan family fought to keep it in their ownership.

It is now the property of the Office of Public Works, which is preparing to sell it.

Gilligan is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence for drug trafficking.