Gardai are searching for a motive after a mysterious assault which almost killed a pensioner in a leafy south Dublin suburb.
Michael Duffy (70) is still recovering from his injuries after the sustained and brutal attack at his home in Templeogue in the early hours of last Saturday morning.
The pensioner was discovered with serious head injuries by his son in the bedroom of his home in Rossmore Avenue.
Mr Duffy was rushed to Tallaght Hospital in a critical condition, where he was treated for severe head injuries which included a blood clot on his brain.
He remained in a critical condition over last weekend but is now expected to pull through.
Sources say the popular man may have been struck up to four times over the head with a wheel brace or a baton.
“This was an absolutely horrendous assault – Mr Duffy had lost a huge amount of blood by the time he was discovered by his son on Saturday morning.
“The fact that his son had called to the house to check up on his dad has probably saved Mr Duffy's life – he certainly had life-threatening injuries,” a source said. The Herald has learned that Mr Duffy had spent Friday night socialising in Dublin city centre where he had visited at least two pubs before getting a taxi home.
It is not known if the person who assaulted Mr Duffy – who lives alone – had travelled from the city centre with him.
Gardai have not ruled out a burglary motive in the horror attack and are investigating whether a laptop was stolen by the culprit.
However nothing else was taken in the incident which is being investigated by detectives based at nearby Terenure Garda Station.
It is understood that Mr Duffy has given officers a statement about what happened but no arrests have yet been made.
“This was an awful thing to happen to a respectable man who is comfortably retired and living on his own. Gardai are trying to get to the bottom of it,” a source said.
“After being brutally beaten over the head like that with a heavy object, Mr Duffy is lucky to be alive. He was left for dead,” the source added.
Mr Duffy's house was sealed off last weekend as garda forensic experts carried out a full examination of the scene.
Officers also conducted door-to-door enquiries.