Teenager fights for life after quad-bike accident

A teenager due to begin his Junior Cert exams yesterday was fighting for his life in hospital after suffering head and neck injuries in a quad-bike accident on Tuesday.

Fergus Condon, 16, from Croughclooney, Ballinamult, Co Tipperary, close to the Waterford border, was found by a local farmer on the road between Ballinamult and Newcastle at about 3pm on Tuesday after being involved in the accident.

It’s believed Fergus may have been on his way to or from helping on his family’s farm at the time, when his quad-bike lost control and overturned, leaving him injured on the road.

The student, who would have been sitting his English papers in the Junior Cert at school in Dungarvan yesterday, was airlifted to Cork University Hospital and his condition was described as critical.

His family have been keeping a vigil at his bedside in Cork since Tuesday evening and were yesterday understood to be awaiting the results of hospital tests.

It’s believed on Tuesday afternoon there may have been sheep on the road, which is generally a quiet and little-used route, close to commonage on the Knockmealdown mountains, which may have caused Fergus’s quad to go out of control. However, there were no reported eye-witnesses and anyone with information has been asked to contact gardaí.

Gardaí from Dungarvan and Cahir were on the scene shortly after the accident.

It’s not known exactly for how many minutes Fergus was lying on the road but it’s not believed to have been too long as witnesses saw him travelling on the quad nearby beforehand.

He is son of Joe and Eileen Condon, and has an older brother and sister, Will and Emma. Will Condon was yesterday believed to have been on his way home from Australia, where he lives, to be with his family.

Eileen Condon is the adult education officer with South Tipperary VEC, based in Clonmel, and Joe Condon runs the Omega Beef Direct company which sells beef from the family’s farm on the Knockmealdown Mountains.

“They’re a very well-known, industrious family,” independent TD Mattie McGrath said. “It’s just terrible what’s happened.”

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