Irish cyclist in coma after hit by car at end of two-year world trip

Posted on: October 10th, 2018

Michael Curran Kerry cyclist in a coma in France

Kerry cyclist Michael Curran was hit by a car as his two-year world trip neared an end.


Kerry cyclist Michael Curran in a coma in France


An Irish cyclist who was in the last days of his world cycling trip is in a coma after he was hit by a car.

Michael Curran, from Waterville in Co Kerry, was cycling in France when he and his partner were hit by a car.

The injured man has been in an induced coma since the crash between Rime and Paris. His partner, Sara O’Shea from Keel in Co Kerry, was injured in the same crash.

However, her injuries were less serious than Mr Curran’s. The crash occurred last Saturday week just as a two-year trip around the world was coming to an end for the couple.

They were riding through France on their journey back to Ireland. They had planned to complete their cycling journey across France before going to England and back to Ireland.

The couple gave up their jobs in Ireland and set off in August, 2016, to travel. They journeyed up through Africa, from Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo in Egypt.

They then travelled towards India, Nepal, Central Asia and the Middle East. The initial plan was to be away from home for a year.

However, as they were enjoying their adventure so much they decided to prolong it. They did so by deciding they would take to their bikes and cycle home from China.

That involved travelling to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and Jordan.

From there they went to Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany and France.

However, the trip was sadly derailed and Michael Curran badly injured when they got to France.

Michael is well known in his native Kerry having played football for the county in 2002 and 2003. Now in his 30s, he is currently in hospital in Rime.

Writing on their blog the couple previously said they only decided to start cycling when their trip was well underway.

“We arrived in China on 24th June 2017 and as we were hiking in Yunnan Province to Tiger Leaping Gorge we were chatting,” they wrote some time ago.

“It was on a whim really that we decided we’d look into cycling back to Ireland. The main reason for the change is that we wanted to make our journey more challenging.

“(We wanted it to be) more adventurous and rewarding and to experience something new.

“We did some research, sourced bikes and gear from a Chinese company that specialises in touring bikes. And we set off on 17th August 2017 from Kashgar in Xinjing Province, China.”

The couple’s cycling journey was intended to be around 14,000km. However, the crash on a forest route near Coincy and Fere en Tardenois brought it to a sad end.

Waterville GAA Club organised a Mass to pray for Michael’s recovery in his home parish last week. The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to his family.

Everyone here at stickybottle extends our warmest wishes to Michael and Sara and their families and friends.