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Monday 29 December 2014

Armagh woman injured in Pamplona bull stampede looking forward to next year's San Fermin run

Revellers run alongside bulls during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona
Revellers run alongside bulls during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona
The running of the bulls, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain
Injured: Bill Hillmann on stretcher
Revellers from around the world arrive in Pamplona every year to take part in the running of the bulls
A woman gets crushed as thousands of revellers sing and dance during the opening and the firing of the 'Chupinazo' rocket which starts the 2014 Festival of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls on July 6, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway entitled 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A band plays music during the opening and the firing of the 'Chupinazo' rocket which starts the 2014 Festival of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls on July 6, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway entitled 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

A Northern Ireland woman injured at the San Fermin festival in Spain over the weekend has revealed that she wants to return to the festival next year.

Kayleigh McManus (28) who hails from Portadown, Co Armagh  knocked over in the stampede away from the bulls on Sunday morning.

Friends feared for her after she was taken away to hospital in a neck brace but Kayleigh laughed off her injuries.

"The shock of the injury hasn't taken away my wish to keep on running. The adrenalin is incredible. "

Ms McManus was injured in a collision with another runner and was knocked unconscious.

She said that her injuries looked a lot worse than they actually looked and she was looking forward to returning to the world famous festival next year.

Other runners weren't quite so lucky.

A bull gored three men after breaking away from the pack chasing crowds through the streets of Pamplona in the closing run of the San Fermin festival yesterday morning.

The animal charged several runners in the town, lifting at least two of them off the ground on its horns and ripping through their legs.

Two Australian men were wounded - one of them, a 26-year-old, seriously - alongside a Spaniard, 21, from the surrounding Navarra region, said authorities.

For a week every July, hundreds of people dressed in white with red scarves join the daily "encierros", when bulls chase them through the town's narrow streets into the bull ring in a festival that has grown into a global tourist attraction.

Several men have already been gored this year but Monday's run, the eighth and last, was particularly brutal.

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