An 81-year-old man has been airlifted from Drimoleague in west Cork after being gored by a bull.

He is being brought to Cork University Hospital after being rescued by the Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter.

Separately, a crewman on board the Briero Spanish-registered fishing vessel has been airlifted to hospital off the west coast.

The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter was scrambled to the scene 80 nautical miles off the Galway coast in the early hours of the morning.

The crewman, who was having difficulties breathing, was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for treatment.

The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Madrid, Spain at 9.20pm last night.