WELL-KNOWN amateur photographer Tony Nee is recovering in Letterkenny University Hospital having been hit by a car near Manorcunningham during the Donegal International Rally.
Mr Nee, who is 73, suffered serious leg injuries and has both legs in plaster having had both ankles broken as well as a femur.
Speaking to the Donegal New his brother Danny said Tony was doing well considering the severity of his injuries.
He was happy to put paid to rumours circulating that his brother had been standing in the middle of the road taking photographs on the Friday evening during one of the stages near Manor, when the accident happened.
“I have heard a lot of reports and speculation that Tony had been standing in the middle of the road when the car hit him. That is not the case, he was standing in the ditch. The driver of the car said something on the car broke causing him to lose control and he hit Tony and he was found on the other side of a wall in a garden. The driver apologised to him.
“Tony’s son was talking to the lady who attended him in the immediate aftermath. He was behind the wall in her garden and she is a nurse,” Mr Nee said.
He complimented the emergency services who were quickly on the scene as well as the gardai who provided outriders for the ambulance, to ensure a speedy run to the hospital.
“The emergency services could not have been better. I would say Tony will be out of commission for at least ten weeks. Unfortunately because of Covid-19 restrictions ongoing at the hospital we can only talk to him by phone. There is the possibility he may be moved to St Joseph’s for rehabilitation,” Mr Nee added.
Tony is a retired lorry driver, originally from Cullion Road, who always carried his Canon A1 camera in the cab.
Over the last 50 years he has taken an amazing array of photographs capturing Donegal life in its many guises. Many of his photos have appeared in this paper.
He now lives in Convoy with wife Patricia and sons Roger and Colin.