Celebs raise funds for Irish tourist on Thai life support
A young Irish tourist is fighting for his life in a Thai hospital after suffering a head injury in a swimming pool.
Dylan Curran (26), from Bray in Co Wicklow, was enjoying a trip of a lifetime when he suffered the serious accident.
He has been on a life-support machine for the past two weeks. Dylan's desperately worried family have travelled to Thailand to be by his side.
Doctors have yet to determine the exact nature of Dylan's condition, but he is understood to have banged his head in a swimming accident.
He had been travelling throughout Asia with friends for the past year and last month stopped over in Thailand.
News of his condition quickly spread back to his hometown, and prompted his friends to plan a fundraising event which will be held on Friday.
The popular electrician has been receiving floods of messages of support on his Facebook page and hundreds of friends are expected to turn out at the event, which aims to raise funds for his medical bills and flights home.
Celebrities such as Laura Whitmore, The Coronas and Irish soccer star Shane Long have all donated prizes to a raffle that will be held on the night.
Andy Byrne, a friend of Dylan, told the Herald that organisers were "overwhelmed" by the support for the event.
"We weren't sure how this would take off, but so many people are planning on attending in support of Dylan. We've received donations already and the support from people like Shane Long and Laura Whitmore is incredible."
He added: "We're obviously really concerned about Dylan and are all just hoping he gets back on his feet. He's such a well-known guy in Bray and news that he was rushed to hospital shocked us all."
Dylan's fundraiser takes place at the Eclectic Garden in the Porterhouse, Bray, on Friday, September 2 at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, an Irishman shot following a dispute over a bicycle is still fighting for his life in a Honduras hospital.
Joe O'Donnell (41), who holds Irish and Australian citizenship, was shot on August 19, rupturing his spinal chord.
Joe's Irish family, who are based in Tralee, Co Kerry, say they are very concerned about his injuries. "We're very stressed about it and we don't know who to turn to," his aunt Kitty Nelan said.
The attack is understood to have been provoked by a dispute with a woman as to where he parked his bike. The woman's partner later shot him.