A Ballyshannon cyclist cheated death after a length of bull wire stretched across a track caused him to be thrown from his bike.
The incident occurred at around 9.30 last Wednesday night at the new flyover in Ballyshannon.
Thomas Cleary, who is in his early 40s and lives in St Benildus Avenue, was on his way home after training with Gabriel Timoney and Matthias McCosker. “The Bally Boys” as they call themselves, will be cycling from Mizen to Malin non-stop in 24 hours this July in aid of the North West Hospice.
As Thomas cycled across the pedestrian track under the flyover, bull wire that had been stretched across the path caught him and threw him from his bike.
Gabriel Timoney said, “Thomas was extremely lucky, as he was caught just below his neck.
“If he was two inches shorter, the wire would have caught him in his throat and crushed it.
“We could have been looking at a very different outcome.”
As it is, the force of the fall threw Thomas off his bike, unclipping him from the pedals and tossing him onto the ground.
He had to attend Sligo University Hospital for damage to muscles and ligaments in his shoulder, and his hip is severely bruised from the fall. “Only for his helmet, he could have had head trauma as well,” Gabriel told the Democrat.
“This is an issue that has to be highlighted. Someone took bull wire from nearby fencing, stretched it across the track and tied it to a lamppost.
“It really was an attack on everyone because that track is heavily used by the athletics club, the triathlon club, pedestrians and lots of children as well. If someone shorter than Thomas had come along, the situation could have been very, very different.”
Appeal for information
Gardaí are investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 985 8530 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111
If you would like to support The Bally Boys, follow them on their Facebook page or join them onThe Lap of the Lake at Lough Melvin on April 9. Registration €10 from 9am at Askill Hall, first lap at 9.15am, all proceeds to the North West Hospice.