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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tourist hit by glass 'needs prosthetic eye'

Marie Gauvin
Marie Gauvin

a tourist who was hit by glass during a festival has told a court she expects to wear a prosthetic eye in the future.

Canadian resident Marie Gauvin (59) was in her native Birr, Co Offaly, on holiday in August last year when she was struck in the eye by glass.

Gary Ward (20), of Scurragh, Birr, has denied charges at Tullamore Circuit Court of assault causing harm and recklessly causing serious harm at Keel's Arch in Birr on August 4, 2013.

Counsel Padraic Hogan told the court Mrs Gauvin had suffered a devastating life-changing injury on the night in question. He said a witness, Darragh Daly, will say Mr Ward had "started an argument with him" and as he walked away after a scuffle he felt something strike his shoulder.

That version of events is denied "point blank" by the defendant, he said.

Mrs Gauvin told the court she had travelled to Birr Vintage Week with her father and sister.

At around 10.30 on the night she was in the town with her cousin and they stepped in to Keel's Arch as it was raining. They heard a disturbance and it was at this point that she was struck by flying glass.

"I have never felt such impact. It just smacked me straight in my eye," she recalled. "The damage is too horrific to be repaired. They are talking about a prosthetic eye."

The trial continues today.

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