A RENOWNED traditional musician was attacked and badly beaten at a pub over the Christmas period.
Gardai are investigating an incident where Noel Hill, regarded as probably the foremost concertina player of his generation, was injured at a Connemara pub on St Stephen's night.
Mr Hill (50) was socialising with friends at the pub near Leitir Mor in Ceantar na nOileain, south Connemara, when he went to the bathroom.
He was followed inside by another man and was discovered a short time afterwards, suffering from head and facial injuries.
He was taken to University Hospital in Galway where he received immediate medical attention.
Mr Hill left the hospital on Sunday and is recovering at his home.
The musician lives with his family in Carraroe and is understood to have been severely traumatised by the attack.
A native of West Clare, Mr Hill has lived in Connemara for several years. He has performed all over the country, where his playing style and expertise have placed him at the very pinnacle of his profession.
He has recorded with artists such as Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Mick Hanly and Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill.
Gardai at Carraroe are investigating the attack and have interviewed a number of those who were present in the pub.