Jockey in good spirits despite tragic accident

Brendan McDonagh...in good spirits.

The Galway jockey who lost his foot in a motorbike accident while holidaying in Asia last month remains ‘in good spirits’ in hospital in Thailand.

Brendan ‘Beano’ McDonagh remains in hospital on the island of Ko Samui after sustaining serious injuries following the accident four weeks ago.

Brendan (23), from Knockerasser in Moycullen, is still currently undergoing surgeries and procedures to his jaw and arms, and is being monitored closely by doctors.

His family, in a statement to the Connacht Tribune, confirmed Brendan’s “attitude is positive” and he “is looking forward to getting home”.

Hopes are high that Brendan may be able to travel home by the end of this month.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) and Department of Foreign Affairs have been briefed on his progress and are aware of the situation.

The McDonagh family is liaising with the health services here and they say “the plan is for Brendan to return home at the end of the month and be admitted to hospital on arrival.”

The family added: “We are awaiting a medical report from the hospital and decision can then be made on how he will travel home.”

The young jockey had been living in Australia for two years. He was heading back to Ireland to resume his career in riding but stopped off for a holiday in Thailand on the way back.

During the break, he hired a motorbike and was involved in a serious accident.

Brendan underwent emergency surgery after being rushed to hospital but his leg could not be saved. He continues to undergo surgeries and procedures to his arm and jaw.

The local community has rallied round since the accident and family and friends are engaged in fundraising initiatives to pay for the medical and travel costs.

Among the initiatives is an online auction, Bid for Beano, which went ‘live’ last week, with all proceeds going to Brendan’s medical and repatriation costs.

There are more than 40 lots available, with some excellent lots donated, including signed speeches by renowned jockey Ruby Walsh, as well as gold green fees at Oughterard Golf Club and Ballinrobe Golf Club, dinner at the White Gables in Moycullen and a wedding photography package from Neil Harrington.

A full list of the lots is available online at Galabid.

The auction, which can accept bids from all over the World, remains open until October 31. The family has thanked the local community for their support to date.