Man fights for life after attack on Paddy's Day
A YOUNG man is fighting for his life following a savage attack at a St Patrick's Day house party.
The man, named as Ciaran O'Connell, (22), originally from Dublin, is in a critical condition following the assault at a house in Cavan.
Gardai confirmed that the young man, believed to be a carpenter by trade, was initially rushed by ambulance to Cavan General Hospital in critical condition from a house party in the area at 4.40am on Sunday.
The man who was living near Mullagh in Co Cavan was then rushed to Beaumont Hospital yesterday were he remains on life support.
A senior source said: "Mr O'Connell was the victim of a sustained assault by at least two other men - who are known to him.
"Gardai are working on the theory that the victim was kicked a number of times in the head - he is in a very bad way.
"We believe that drink was involved in this incident. The suspects are local men who don't have previous form for this type of behaviour."
A number of people who were at the house at the time of the assault have been interviewed by gardai at Bailieborough, he added.
"The scene has been preserved for a technical examination."
A local resident, who did not want to be identified, said Mr O'Connell comes from a well-known and respected family who have been living in the area for more than a decade after moving there from Dublin.
He described Mr O'Connell as "a lovely young fella," who has many friends in the area.
His parents, Stephen and Susan O'Connell, and his two siblings were keeping a vigil at his hospital bed last night.
"No one knows the whole story about what happened," the local resident said.
But the incident has left the small, close-knit community in shock, he added.
"It's a very sad situation."