Of Hazel O'Callaghan
Irish show jumper, Hazel O'Callaghan, passed away today (Wednesday
July 3, 2002), after two weeks spent in a critical condition at
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
(22) was injured at approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday June 19 at
Copperalley Stud, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, where she had returned
after competing in an RDS Qualifying Competition at Claregalway
earlier in the day.
unloading a horse from a lorry, Hazel, from Co. Cork, slipped off
the lorry's ramp and sustained a serious head injury. She was immediately
rushed to the James Connolly Memorial Hospital at Blanchardstown,
Dublin, and susbsequently transferred to the neurological section
of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
chairman of the Show Jumping Association of Ireland (SJAI) today
(July 3) expressed his deep sorrow at the death of Hazel O'Callaghan,
daughter of property developer, Owen O'Callaghan.
from the RDS Horse Show qualifiers in Cork, Tony Hurley said: <<I
am greatly saddened by the untimely death in such tragic circumstances
of Hazel. I knew her since childhood and she was an extremely popular
person. Her passing has cast a cloud over the association and all
involved in horses countrywide are stunned.
behalf of the association, I would like to extend my sympathy to
O'Callaghan was an accomplished rider and competed successfully
at the Kerrygold Horse Show and Millstreet. Mr O'Callaghan is a
long-standing member of the SJAI.