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Craig Mulholland broke his back after a crash in the Sally Gap

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Craig Mulholland

Craig Mulholland

A friend of a young Dublin man who was left seriously injured after a motorcycle accident has said he is keeping his spirits up and is buoyed by the support he is receiving.

Shauna Conway and two friends from work set up a GoFundMe page for their friend Craig Mulholland who suffered a broken back in the Easter Sunday accident in the Sally Gap.

Shauna, who has worked with the 21-year-old for nearly three years, told how Craig’s co-workers rallied around after the accident happened.

“Where we work, it’s like a family, so when something like this happens to someone it hits us as hard as if it was a family member,” she said.

“It was Easter Sunday and he was meeting up with a group he has on Facebook and they all go out on their motorbikes together.

“He was taking a turn and he ended up swerving out of the way of an oncoming car and he ended up flying about 20 feet or so in the air. He hit his head off a rock and then just kept tumbling and broke his back.

“He had only turned 21 the week before,” Shauna added, “so this was kind of a birthday celebration thing, that he was going out with the lads for a motorbike ride.”

Shauna revealed how Craig from Ballyogan has been keeping his spirits up and “joking around” but that he can’t feel anything from below the nipple.

“He can move his arms and his neck but he can't feel anything else,” Shauna said. “He broke his back and he had surgery on his spine the night of the accident but it's only been two weeks (since) so they're not entirely sure of the outcome.

“I think at this point it's too early to tell, but the main consensus is he's not going to walk again, that's what he’s coming to terms with.”

However, Shauna added that she keeps Craig updated on the progress of his fundraiser which helps.

“There were days where he was feeling a bit down and I’d update him on the GoFundMe, and he’d say, ‘oh, that’s after lifting my mood so much’. It makes such a big difference.

The page shows that €17,110 has been raised so far towards a €20,000 goal.

“Our goal actually started at 5,000 euro,” Shauna added. “I went to sleep one night and it was just below 5,000 and then when I woke up the next day it had hit 7,000.”

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Shauna said Craig will be moving back to his mam’s house when he gets out of hospital.

“They have got it surveyed to see how much the modifications would be and they’re looking at 40,000 for that, so some of the money will go towards that.

“He will also go to rehab hospital so he will be in the best hands possible and then any surgeries or any other care he needs, that’s what the money is going towards.”

Shauna said they wanted to use the picture on the GoFundMe page that was taken from Craig’s birthday as it showed what he’s like as a person.

“Always up for a laugh, hard-working, very family orientated, absolutely adores his girlfriend and a great friend,” Shauna said. “He’s an all-round good person. I've never heard anyone say about thing bad about him.

“He's one of those people that gets on with everyone. I think you can see that from the GoFundMe with the support from family and friends and people that are close to his family but may not necessarily know him that well.”

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