BULLET IN FIRE – YOUTH INJURED

by ehistoryadmin on January 9, 2016

Leinster Leader 29 January 1916

Extraordinary Accident near Curragh Camp

BULLET IN FIRE – YOUTH INJURED

An extraordinary accident is reported to have occurred at Athgarvan which is on the border line of the Curragh Camp. It appears that a young lad named Thos. Wilmot was sitting by a fire in the local clubroom speaking to a number of friends when suddenly there was heard an explosion from the fire and the young lad was struck in the thigh by what at first appeared to be a stone. Dr. L. F. Rowan, Kildare, was quickly on the scene and finding him seriously injured had him removed to the Drogheda Memorial Hospital where on examination he found that a bullet had lodged in the upper portion of the boy’s thigh. How the bullet got into the fire is a mystery, but it is thought that it got swept in by accidentally falling from someone who was delivering coal. Head-Constable O’Dea with Sergeant Thompson and the local police have made diligent inquires into the matter which is regarded as purely accidental. The injured boy is progressing favourably.

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