Woman (50s) found unconscious and injured after suspected assault on castle grounds
A woman in her 50s is in a serious condition after being assaulted and left unconscious on the grounds of a castle in Co Carlow.
Gardaí were alerted to the scene after a local business owner made the discovery in the picturesque location of Pollerton Castle.
The woman was taken to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny and is described as being in a serious condition. The scene was preserved for a technical examination.
The man who discovered the unconscious woman told Independent.ie that he is still in shock.
While he did not wish to comment on the incident specifically he offered his best wishes to the victim.
"I just hope that this woman is ok.
"We’re all very shocked here," he said.
Gardai are currently trawling through the castle’s CCTV footage in the hopes it will help them with their investigation.
Local councillor Jim Deane said he is very distressed by the news.
"Whatever the circumstances are it’s truly a horrific thing to have happened. The castle is located in a very beautiful area of Carlow and is not too far away from the main town."
Cllr Deane said he hopes gardaí will bring swift justice to whoever is responsible for the assault.
"It’s a very distressing situation for everyone. I hope this poor, unfortunate girl, who is the victim of this assault, makes a speedy recovery.
"I also hope gardai will bring the person who did this to her to justice, fast."
The local councillor added that an assault of this scale is "unheard of" in the Pollerton area of Carlow.
Investigating gardai are currently appealing for anyone who was in the area in the early hours of this morning to contact them.
A statement from the gardai read:
"Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses and in particular to anyone who travelled on Staplestown Rd, St Patricks Avenue or Pollerton Road between the hours of 2am and 5am this morning (25/06/17) to contact them.
"In addition Gardai are appealing to any drivers of vehicles that may have travelled these roads between the above times and have footage from Dash Cams to contact them at Carlow Garda Station on 059-9136620, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."