Irish hunter trials rider killed in rotational fall


Irish hunting rider Cathal O’Malley suffered a fatal injury when his horse somersaulted and fell on him during a hunter trials event near Tullamore, in County Offaly, on Sunday.

The Irish Independent said ambulance officers were on the scene within a minute and took O’Malley to the nearby Tullamore hospital, only five minutes away, but medical staff were not able to save him.

The paper quoted Colm O’Brennan, honorary secretary of the Brosna Foxhounds, which ran the event, as saying O’Malley, 45, was a late entry in the last event of the day at Annaharvey farm, as he had taken part in the previous event. He was an experienced rider who hunted with the Galway Blazers.

O’Malley and his wife, Fiona King, run the Old Barracks restaurant in Athenry, which they opened in 2010.

They have a four-year-old son, and King had just given birth to another son two weeks ago, the newspaper reported.

O’Brennan said: “We are in total shock. We are really dreadfully sorry that such a catastrophe has happened on a wonderful course.

“Nothing of that nature has ever happened before. That particular jump is just a log and it has been there for 10 or 12 years,” he added.

There were more than 150 riders at the event yesterday.


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3 thoughts on “Irish hunter trials rider killed in rotational fall

  • April 15, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Just horrible . I know both Cathal and his wife, such lovely people – such a terrible tragedy.

  • April 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    So very sad to read this story. My heart goes out to Cathal’s family. Prayers from the US for Fiona and her boys.

  • April 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    So sorry to read of this tragic loss of a fellow rider and O’Malley. My love and prayers to your family.


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