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Sunday 20 August 2017

Teen airlifted to hospital after school break attack

A garda at the scene of an alleged attack on a schoolboy yesterday
A garda at the scene of an alleged attack on a schoolboy yesterday

Pat Flynn

A teenager was airlifted to hospital yesterday after being assaulted by two youths from a different school in the same town.

Sources also revealed that there may have been some discussion on social media about the incident before it occurred.

The 13-year-old schoolboy is understood to have been set upon while on his lunch break from a local school in Ennistymon.

It is believed he was assaulted by two other youths aged 14, who are students at a different school in the Co Clare town.

The alleged assault took place in the vicinity of Monastery Lane between 1.15pm and 2pm.

Gardaí were notified of the incident at around 3.30pm.

Serious

Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances surrounding what was described as a "serious incident" and are known to be following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the matter.

The boy is believed to have been knocked to the ground during the incident and suffered a head injury.

It is understood that he was taken to a local medical centre following the incident.

After the injured teen began to lose consciousness and show signs of a concussion, an ambulance was called to the medical centre.

Gardaí were also informed of the incident by the ambulance service.

After being assessed by paramedics it was decided to seek assistance from the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance based in Athlone, Co Westmeath.

The helicopter landed in a field close to the scene at around 4.15pm.

The injured boy was transported by road ambulance to meet the helicopter and he was then flown directly to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. His condition was not known last night.

The boy's mother is believed to have travelled to the hospital on board the helicopter with him.

A technical examination of the scene was carried out while the area remained sealed off last night.

Gardaí at Ennistymon have appealed for witnesses.

A spokesman said last night: "We are investigating all the circumstances of this serious assault and would ask anyone who was in the Monastery Lane area of Ennistymon on Wednesday afternoon between 1pm and 2pm to contact us at Ennistymon station on 065 7072180."

Irish Independent

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