Locals left stunned by brutal attack on teacher outside bar
A teacher is recovering in hospital after he was viciously assaulted outside a late-night bar while celebrating the bank holiday weekend.
Carlow footballer Alan Curran had been socialising at the Med bar in Carlow town when he received serious head injuries during the altercation.
He is understood to have hit his head on concrete kerbing during the attack.
He was rushed to St Luke's Hospital following the incident but is recovering from his injuries and expected to make a full recovery.
Priests spoke about the incident at Sunday Masses around the county and condemned the assault.
Mr Curran works as a secondary school teacher in Kilmacud in Dublin.
The Gaelic footballer plays for Eire Og GFC. He was described by the club as a "very talented" player and a "quiet chap".
His family and team-mates were said to be relieved that Alan was now making a recovery after the assault on College Street in the town.
Owner of the Med Bar, Laurence Murray, told the Irish Independent that a staff member accompanied Mr Curran to hospital.
It's the second time for the well-known nightspot to make headlines in as many months.
A gang of men armed with shotguns and crowbars held Aileen Julian, the manager of the Med Bar, hostage at her home before escaping with up to €50,000 in September.
And the attack comes less than a week after Brian Doyle died following a similar incident in the picturesque Wicklow village of Avoca.
The-48-year-old died after he was punched in the head and fell to the ground outside a pub on October 17.
The pub outside which the incident occurred, Fitzgerald's on Main Street, featured in the BBC TV series Ballykissangel.