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Co Down businessman Bartley Murphy welcomed home after four weeks in intensive care

A sign near Downpatrick welcomes Bartley Murphy home from hospital

A prominent Co Down businessman who was left fighting for his life after a riding accident has returned home having spent almost a month in intensive care.

Bartley Murphy, from Downpatrick, was injured on November 20 while taking part in an East Down Hunt-organised event at Ballydugan, outside the town.

The 57-year-old builder later called an ambulance from his home and was treated at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital and at one stage was on life support.

But at the weekend the former publican was discharged from hospital and will spend Christmas with his family.

An electric sign welcoming him home was displayed on the back of a flat-bed trailer outside his home town on Saturday.

It read: "27 days in the Royal ICU. Welcome Home Daddy. Bartley Murphy."

Mr Murphy posted a message on Facebook thanking people for their support through his ordeal.

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"To all my friends and people who prayed for me," it said.

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"I would like to thank you all. It was along four weeks on life support. Life can changed in the blink off an eye. Also to the doctors nurses and ambulance drivers who brought me back. May God be with you all."

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