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High Court Award €1.55m To North Tipperary Resident.

A Tipperary resident who suffered a brain injury, latter having been knocked to the ground by a soapbox kart; following a downhill race in Roscrea, North Co. Tipperary, has settled a High Court action for €1.55m.

Mr Donal Walsh, aged 64 years, a retired army private, who had been acting as a ‘Steward’ at the Roscrea Soapbox Race, in Roscrea almost six years ago, was then walking back up the hill, where the racing had been taking place when a kart, knocked him to the ground.

Mr Walsh had sued the organisers of the Soapbox Race, Mr Shane Lee and Mr Eoghan Fogarty, latter with addresses in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, and Country Sports Ireland, with an address at Kilrea, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, as a result of the accident at the Soap Box Race in Roscrea which had taken place on September 11th, 2016.

Mr Patrick Treacy SC, instructed by Cian O’Carroll Solicitors, informed the High Court that the racing had finished, when it was decided to have one further run.

Mr Walsh had seen two karts pass him on Convent Hill, Roscrea, but a wheel had come off one of the karts, latter which then crashed in to him, knocking him forcefully to the ground; same collision resulting in him receiving a strong blow to his skull.

Mr Walsh lost consciousness and was immediately transferred to hospital, where it was discovered, he had suffered a brain injury.

Mr Justice Michael Hanna, approving the settlement, wished Mr Walsh and his family well.

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