An eight-year-old girl is in a serious condition in hospital after being impaled by a metal spike at the Dublin Horse Show on Saturday.

The child is thought to have been visiting the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stand when it collapsed.

A metal spike is thought to have pierced the child’s head and neck.

She was taken to hospital where her condition is said to be stable.

No one was available to comment from the Dublin Horse Show which concluded yesterday.