An elderly priest suffered a fractured skull in a savage beating in a house burglary in the Rialto area of Dublin city last night.
Fr Diarmuid Byrne, 69, was seriously assaulted and he got 30 stitches to the head.
Gardai were alerted to possible intruders in a house on St Anthony's road, last night at 1.25am.
When they arrived at the house they found Fr Byrne lying on the ground inside with serious head injuries.
He was taken immediately to St James Hospital for treatment. His injuries while serious are not life threatening.
A 23 year-old man was arrested on Herberton road shortly afterwards and detained at Kilmainham Garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.
The young man was charged in connection with the incident and is appearing before Criminal Court of Justice, Parkgate St at 10.30am this morning.
Gardai in Kilmainham are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them.