A man in his mid-20s has been killed during a performance of the Russian Circus in Scariff, Co Clare.

The man was performing a trapeze routine when one of the ropes gave way and he fell onto some cages on the ground.

He was taken to Ennis General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The accident happened shortly after 7.30pm this evening.

The performance, which was part of a tour of Co Clare, was attended by an audience of around 80 people.