Benefit night to help tragic David Conway after horror 20m fall

by Sylvia Pownall

THE RATHCOOLE community has rallied around the family of a man seriously injured when he fell from a building site in Australia.
Carpenter David Conway will have to have both feet amputated as a result of injuries sustained when he fell 20m from scaffolding while working on a construction site in Brisbane.
An online crowd funding page set up to help with his medical costs had already raised over $35,000 of its $50,000 target.
And this Friday, July 28, Muldowney’s pub in Rathcoole will host a benefit night for the popular 37-year-old (tickets and information via its Facebook page).
Last week David’s brother Stephen confirmed he would need a double amputation as well as an operation to his pelvis, though his vital organs are now said to be stable.
He said: “It’s an absolute miracle he is here, one million per cent, he shouldn’t be alive.”
Dad-of-one David was resuscitated by co-workers after the horror seven-storey fall before being rushed to Cold Coast University Hospital.
Family friend Tadhg Ennis, who helped set up the fundraising page, said: “Dave is in a bad way but we are just so happy he is still with us. It’s major operation after major operation at the moment, but his family are taking it day by day.
“His mother Connie, father Shay and two brothers Richie and Stephen just dropped everything and headed straight out to Brisbane from Dublin.
“Australia is his home, his whole life is out there. But his life will be very different from now on.”
Earlier this week a Tipperary man who emigrated to Australia more than 50 years ago donated $5,000 to help David after hearing of his plight.
Expat Michael Kennedy visited David and his family in hospital and handed over the generous cheque.
Meanwhile the fundraising page states: “David has a family, his beloved Viv and his daughter Keisha, Brother to Richie and Stephen and son to Connie and Shay.
“David has always lived for his love of life, his family, and his friends, and he needs our help.”
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