Friday 22 February 2019

Teenager breaks her neck in fall on way to sell-out Sheeran gig

Ed Sheeran in concert at Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photo: Arthur Carron
Ed Sheeran in concert at Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photo: Arthur Carron

A teenage Ed Sheeran fan was in hospital last night with a suspected broken neck and back after falling into a quarry on her way to see her idol.

The 17-year-old is believed to have been taking a shortcut to the Pairc Ui Chaoimh venue in Cork on Saturday when she fell about 30 metres.

Her injuries are described as potentially life-altering.

Another fan of the singer, who played three sell-out gigs in Cork over the weekend, broke both her legs in a separate accident before the concert on Saturday evening.


The woman, in her 20s, had apparently climbed a two-storey building in the Marina area of Cork harbour to listen to the Sheeran gig.

She accidentally slipped from the roof and fractured both her legs landing on the concrete below.

The building is close to the concert venue.

The teenager who fell into the quarry was with friends on her way to the gig.

One of her friends raised the alarm immediately and the girl's life is believed to have been saved by the fact that a garda officer was on duty nearby.

The officer was able to get emergency medical assistance to the girl, who had suffered multiple fractures as well as internal bleeding.

The greatest concern is that she fractured a number of vertebrae in her back and neck.

HSE ambulance crews and paramedics were able to stabilise the girl's condition at the scene and rush her to Cork University Hospital (CUH) with the aid of a garda escort.

She remains in a critical but stable condition, according to medics.

Gardai were also on hand to help the second victim because they were on patrol in the area and were able to summon medical assistance within minutes.

The woman was treated at the scene before being removed to CUH by ambulance.

Both her legs were fractured, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

The Cork gigs were the opening trio of a nine-concert Irish tour that will see the English-born singer-songwriter play to a total Irish audience of 405,000 fans over the next three weeks


Gardai reported a festive atmosphere around Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Friday night's concert was the first there since the €70m refurbishment of the historic Cork GAA grounds.

Gardai said there were only a number of minor incidents around the concerts over the three nights, mostly due to falls, illnesses and intoxication.

More than 1,500 personnel were on duty at the stadium.

Sheeran will finish his tour with three gigs in Phoenix Park on May 16, 18 and 19.

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