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31st Oct 2023

Five people hospitalised after 100-year-old pub collapses in Mayo

Simon Kelly

Pub collapse Mayo

All injuries are understood to be non life-threatening.

Five people have been taken to hospital after a 100-year-old pub collapsed in the east Mayo town of Kilkelly.

The injured people involved in the collapse are all believed to have non-life threatening injuries.

Emergency services arrived at the scene around 9am on Tuesday morning after the pub collapsed while a visiting family – a mother and two young daughters, along with her father and his partner – were staying above it.

It is believed that one of the women suffered a fracture after she was trapped beneath the rubble.

Family of collapsed pub devastated.

Joe Duffy, whose family own the pub, told RTÉ that he and his siblings are lost for words.

“I don’t know what to say. My parents had this pub for so long. I work in Dublin and was down here at the weekend having a few pints.

“The memories of a lifetime are gone, people loved Mam and Dad, loved this pub. There was 11 pubs here once and only a handful remain. But at the end of the day everyone survived and that’s what matters most.”

The Health and Safety Authority have attended the scene and an investigation into the incident is under way.

Main Street in Kilkelly remains closed and local diversions are in place. Power was knocked out as a result of the collapse, however it has since been restored.

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