Appeal for witnesses or footage after boy seriously injured in crash involving motorist in Cork

— Child was transferred to CHI at Temple Street and is still in a critical condition.

Gardai have made an appeal for witnesses or footage after a boy who was cycling was seriously injured in a collision involving a motorist in Carrigaline in Cork yesterday morning.'s reader-funded journalism won't survive without your help. With over 762,000 views so-far this year, it's not just "avid cyclists" who read this website, but, if you want it to keep going, more support is needed from readers like you. Now, back to the article...

The incident was reported on yesterday, but Gardai made a wider appeal today and also said that the child has been transferred from Cork University Hospital to Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple Street in Dublin and remains in a critical condition.

“Gardaí in Carrigaline are investigating a serious road traffic collision on the Cork Road into Carrigaline at the Ballinrea roundabout that occurred on Saturday morning 12th August, 2023 at approximately 9.20am,” said a statement issued this afternoon from the Garda Press Office.

A Garda spokesperson said: “A male child pedal cyclist, was seriously injured when a collision occurred between a car and the pedal cyclist. He was transferred from the scene to Cork University Hospital and has since been transferred to CHI at Temple Street where he remains in critical condition.”

The Cork Road in Carrigaline was closed and the scene was examined by the Garda Forensic Collision Investigators before it was reopened.

A spokesperson said: “Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward. Gardaí are also appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling in the area at the time of the collision to make this footage available to Gardaí.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on (021) 494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.


  1. Why do we still see reporting of a “collision occurred between a car and the pedal cyclist”. Why not between a driver and a cyclist, or between a car and a bike?

    Why are newspapers continuing to depersonalise the driver’s involvement while the person on the bike is almost always called out.

    Even in the instance the focus on “pedal” what is that about – as if it is in someway trying to delineate between ebike/pedelec and manual pedal bikes. Do we distinguish between diesel and petrol, hybrid and EV for motor vehicles?

    • The same occurred to me Mark. The language seems to sterilise and remove any trace of humanity from what happened. It seems to be an attempt to sound neutral, avoiding any implication of who hit who and what speed they were travelling at (is a collision faster or slower than a “crash”?), but it comes across as pandering to the tabloid anti-cyclist brigade.
      It is very odd that one side is a “car” and the other a “cyclist”, which sort of removes the driver from the scenario and makes it sound as if a cyclist rode into a stationary lamppost, rather than that they were hit by a car driven by another human, someone who bears a responsibility not to crash into kids.


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