A FEMALE garda has been injured after she was hit on the forehead with a beer keg.
The 30-year-old garda, who is based at Tullamore station, was called out to deal with a public order incident in Tullamore shortly after midnight on Sunday.
As she arrived at William Street, a man picked up the keg from outside a nearby pub and threw it at the garda.
She was struck "head on" and knocked to the ground.
The garda, who is from north Tipperary and has around 10 years' service in the garda force, was rushed to Portlaoise Hospital with face and neck injuries.
She has since been discharged from hospital, but colleagues said she would remain under medical treament for some time.