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09th Apr 2013

Kerry Star Paul Galvin And School Pay Out €8000 For Throwing Blackboard Duster

Galvin and the board of management at St Brendan's College in Killarney were sued jointly by the student.

Kerry footballer and former teacher Paul Galvin and St Brendan’s College, Killarney have paid a sum of €8000 to a pupil who sued them both after being allegedly hit by a blackboard duster in the school three years ago.

The Irish Times reports that Nathan Adams, who was 15 years of age at the time, sued through his father and the case was settled on the sum of money being offered and paid into court.

Adams’ claim was for damages and personal injury, loss, damage and inconvenience and expenses caused by negligence and “breach of duty including statutory duty of the defendants [Galvin]”

The plaintiff, Adams, has now turned 18 years of age so the matter was listed for “payment out” yesterday.

Adams sued Galvin and the school jointly over the incident. (Pic: youngentrepreneur.ie)

Adams claimed that on January 25th, 2010 he was “struck by a blackboard duster” in Galvin’s classroom.

He said he was “shocked and distressed” and taken to a doctor where it was confirmed he’d suffered a cut to the scalp and was bleeding.

The newspaper also reports that the claim listed he suffered “pain, upset… distress, psychological upset” after the incident and that his social, domestic and recreational life was affected.

The €8000 offer was approved in court in May 2011, but yesterday’s proceedings were to approve the payout of the money now that Adams had turned 18.

Galvin taught Irish and Geography at the school in Killarney at the time but no longer teaches there. 

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