Tuesday 17 January 2017

'Unsung hero' of community 'beaten with plank of wood' on walk home from GAA club

Published 03/11/2016 | 13:03

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A man, who has been described as an “unsung hero” of his community, was allegedly beaten with a plank while walking home from his local GAA club.

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The incident occurred at around 11pm on Sunday night when the man was walking home with his wife and daughter.

They had been enjoying a night out at a children’s Halloween party which was held at St Patrick’s GAA club in Limerick. 

He was reportedly attacked from behind by two individuals, with one of them repeatedly striking him with a wooden plank.

The victim and his family are said to be in a state of shock following the incident.

A meeting is being held at St Patrick’s GAA club tonight, where members of the community will liaise with county councillors to implement safety measures at the club.

“It is a shock, everyone is in complete shock. It is just unfortunate that it happened,” Eamonn Phelan, PRO of the club told Independent.ie.

“We are meeting with the council tonight to see if they can secure the place a bit better. We did have two other occasions in the past where two people were beaten up in separate incidents.

“The club is a voluntary organisation, so things like this don’t help.”

Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, met with the victim this week.

“When I met him, he was badly shaken up and said he is nervous about going to the club again,” the Fianna Fáil councillor told Independent.ie.

“He is one of the unsung heroes of the community. He is a young, married man who is very committed to his work as manager of the ladies football team.”

The man has chosen to remain anonymous while the garda investigation is ongoing.

It is believed that the two attackers are in their late teens/early twenties.

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