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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Tourist in freak pony and trap tragedy was thrown to her death

Flowers near the scene where Rosalyn Joy Few (inset) died
Flowers near the scene where Rosalyn Joy Few (inset) died

An American tourist died on holiday in Ireland when she suffered catastrophic head injuries in a freak pony and trap accident in the Gap of Dunloe.

Rosalyn Joy Few (64) died at the Co Kerry beauty spot only seconds before her daughter arrived at the scene in another pony and trap.

The revelation came as Ms Few's inquest was opened before Kerry coroner Aisling Quilter to allow a death certificate to be issued for her US family.

Worst

Ms Quilter said Ms Few, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, died last April 9 after the freak accident, ich also claimed the life of Ms Few's partner, Normand Larose.

A post-mortem examination conducted at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) determined that Ms Few suffered blunt force trauma to the head, inflicting a fatal traumatic brain injury, following a fall from a pony and trap.

The inquest was immediately adjourned after the medical evidence was given.

It was the worst accident in modern times at one of Ireland's most popular visitor sport.

Mr Larose and Ms Few had come to Ireland for a family holiday.

They were catapulted nearly eight metres into a ravine and on to rocks after a pony pulling their trap-style carriage suddenly became startled and the cart flipped over.

Ms Few's daughter Tonya was following her mother in another pony and trap with her husband and two children.

The family were horrified to come upon the accident scene, and realised that Ms Few and Mr Larose had been critically injured. The accident happened not far from Kate Kearney's Cottage.

Mr Larose's inquest last August was opened and closed before Ms Quilter once med- ical evidence had been dealt with.

The inquest heard the 62-year-old, who was originally from Quebec, Canada, died from blunt force trauma injuries to his skull and brain caused by a fall on to rocks from a pony and trap.

Steepest

The accident happened at the steepest part of the descent, where the Gap of Dunloe road passes a bridge parapet by a deep ravine.

Last year, Ms Few's daughter acknowledged the "incredible" support the family had received from the people of Kerry.

Tonya said the couple "radiated happiness everywhere they went".

"Joy and Norm touched so many people's lives. They loved their family and their friends deeply and unconditionally," she said.

"They both loved life and lived their lives to the fullest."

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