THE CLARE Coroner’s Court inquest into the death of Carrickmacross Garda Adrian Martin has returned a verdict of accidental death.
Giving evidence in the recent case, Susan Kiely said that she saw the 46-year-old fall from the Dunlicky Cliffs at Kilkee while fishing with his six-year-old son.
Garda Martin was on holiday with his family when the tragedy struck on 25 August last.
The inquiry heard that Gda Martin was seen at the edge of cliff bent over, trying to free a fishing line. In her deposition, Ms Kiely said that she then screamed at her husband that: “he is going, he is going”, before she saw Gda Martin plunge head first over the edge of the cliff at approximately 1pm.
“I don’t know if he actually slipped. I didn’t see him after that. I don’t know how or where he landed,” she said.
Her deposition stated that her husband then ran over to grab Gda Martin’s son, Dermot.
The court then heard the deposition of Gda Martin’s wife, Helen, who stated: “I could not make contact with Adrian on the mobile phone,” and how later she had asked Gardaí “Where is Adrian?’ One of the guards then informed me that there had been an accident and that Adrian was dead.”
In her post mortem, Dr Vourneen Healy said that Gda Martin suffered a deep laceration on the left side of the forehead and fractures to his left elbow, right hip and right knee along with fractures of the facial bones.