Michael Cuffe

  • A Mayo man was seriously injured after being hit by a bus in Budapest last weekend.

    32-year old Michael Cuffe from Ballina travelled to the Hungarian capital last Friday with three friends for a weekend away, but just hours after he arrived he was struck by a bus.

    The Irish Independent reports that Michael suffered a number of  injuries, including broken bones in his neck and back, a broken collarbone and a triple leg fracture.

    His family are now fundraising to help bring Michael home for treatment.

    It’s understood a radiologist travelling on the bus gave him CPR and stabilised him until an ambulance arrived.

    Michael’s sister Naomi told the Independent that he will have to travel home on a spinal board, and as no commercial airline accommodates spinal boards, he will need an air ambulance.

    The family have set up a GoFundMe page to try and meet the costs of getting Michael back to Ireland.

    The GoFundMe page has raised more than €13,000 in less than 24 hours and Naomi said her family are blown away by people's generosity.

    For further details, or to make a donation, you can go online to www.gofundme.com/flymichaelcuffehome


  • On Friday 13th of April, Ballina man Michael Cuffe was struck by a bus while in Budapest on a weekend break. What followed was an outpouring of support from all over Ireland and beyond as his family tried to get him home to Mayo for treatment. After a hugely successful "GoFundMe" campaign set up by his sister Naomi, Michael was airlifted back to Ireland last week and is recovering in hospital at this moment. 

    Naomi joined Tommy Marren on Monday morning to talk about the last few weeks for the family and the relief at seeing Michael back in the country. Listen back now. 


  • An online fundraising campaign to fly a critically-injured Ballina man home from Budapest has now raised over €35,000 euro.

    Michael Cuffe was seriously injured on Friday 13th April when he was hit by a bus while on a weekend visit to Budapest.

    Michael suffered a number of injuries, and can only be transported back to Ireland by air ambulance.

    His sister Naomi set up a GoFundMe page last week with the aim of raising €25,000 towards the cost flying Michael back to Ireland for further hospital treatment.

    To date, over €35,000 has been pledged by 753 people.