Tuesday 23 May 2017

'My sense of smell might never come back' - Eoghan McDermott returns to work after Christmas assault

Radio presenter Eoghan McDermott. Photo: Mark Stedman
Radio presenter Eoghan McDermott. Photo: Mark Stedman
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia. Picture: Instagram
2fm DJ Eoghan McDermott
Eoghan McDermott Picture:Brian McEvoy

Eimear Rabbitt

Presenter Eoghan McDermott has said he is “fighting fit” as he returned to his 2fm show for the first since he was assaulted over Christmas.

However, Eoghan who suffered a serious concussion in the attack and underwent brain scans, revealed that his sense of smell and taste may never come back as a result.

The Dublin host was on his way home from a pub in Clondalkin and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when he was subjected to the vicious assault.

“I was taken to a hospital for a couple of brain scans, I lost my sight properly for awhile, my hearing, I was vomiting … but the brain scans came back clear,” he said upon his return to his radio show.

“I still have lost my sense of smell and sense of taste completely – it’s 50/50 on whether they will come back or if they will come back at all – some people have different outcomes.

However, Eoghan added that the loss was only a minor downside compared to side effects that some people suffer after sustaining serious head injuries.

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“Apart from that I am fighting fit and happy to  be back and I want to say thank you to all the people who sent me messages of support,” he added.

The Eoghan McDermott Show host also said he did not want to play the “martyr card” but he wanted to use his public platform to highlight the issues of unprovoked assaults.

“It shocked me the amount of people who have reached out and said they know someone who was in an unprovoked attack and that is horrible,” he said.

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