ITT student in serious condition after accident

ITT student, Ciara Twomey
ITT student, Ciara Twomey

Fergus Dennehy

An IT Tralee student is currently recovering in a remote hospital in Thailand after she suffered serious injuries in a quad biking accident while on holiday in the country.

Ciara Twomey, who is originally from Bantry, is a General Nursing student in Tralee and has undergone emergency surgery on her left eye and will need to undergo further reconstructive surgery again in the future.

While she is currently receiving treatment in Thailand, her friends and family have set up a fundraising 'GoFundMe' and 'Fund&Seek' page to help cover the costs of bringing her back to receive further treatment in Ireland and at the time of going to print, this page had raised almost €75,000 of their €150,000 goal.

"She was on holidays. It was her third day there and she was with a group of seventeen and it was the worst call anyone could get. My mum and my brother flew over. They should be arriving soon,"said Ciara's brother, Nick, earlier this week.

"Her sight is lost for now in her left eye. We have no idea for sure if it will come back or if it is gone. Hopefully, the next operation will take place in Ireland."

"I spoke to Ciara yesterday and she sounded in a lot of pain and she said it is so hard for her to understand what they are trying to do because they don't speak English. They are also not giving her enough painkillers," he continued.

It is not yet known how long Ciara's recovery will take.

"This is a difficult and challenging road ahead for Ciara, we urgently need to raise funds to assist in her care, travel and recovery," says the description on the 'GoFundMe' page.

You can donate to the fundraiser at


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