Tuesday 25 November 2014

Nevin 'struggling to get his head around' vicious attack

Published 13/04/2014 | 02:30

John Joe Nevin recuperating at home in Mullingar after his legs were broken in an attack. Photo: David Conachy
John Joe Nevin recuperating at home in Mullingar after his legs were broken in an attack. Photo: David Conachy
INJURIES: John Joe Nevin recuperating at home in Mullingar after his legs were broken in an attack. Photo: David Conachy
Olympic boxing medallist John Joe Nevin , recuperating at home in Mullingar after both of his legs were broken in a attack Last weekend. Photo: David Conachy

Olympic hero John Joe Nevin has spoken about the golf club and cudgel attack that left him with two broken legs and set back his fledgling professional career by at least six months.

In an exclusive interview with Paul Kimmage in today's Sunday Independent the silver medallist says: "I just can't get my head around it to be honest. One minute I'm driving with my brother to have a bet on a Saturday and an hour later I end up in Mullingar hospital with my two legs broken. How can you come to terms with that?"

And he revealed that one of the weapons that left him with a compound fracture in two places in his right leg and another small break in his left leg was a tree stump with a blade inserted to the base.

His attackers were well known to both him and his brother Paddy, who was with him at the time of the incident.

Two days after the attack, which has left him in a wheelchair, a beloved aunt, Eileen Joyce, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

"It's like my life came crashing down on me in the last week – my aunt going and now this – first of all getting told you might never box again... I knew, I knew myself, I'm kind of blessed in ways with boxing... getting back... getting a fracture before the Olympics and getting back right after that, claiming a silver medal.

"All the little things like that motivate me that it wouldn't be too bad; that God would look down on me and see the pain I am going through and say, 'We'll keep you out for a few months but you'll be back boxing soon."

For the full, exclusive interview, read today's Sunday Independent.

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