Man arrested in connection with assault after mum 'left for dead in Castle Grounds'
Gardaí have arrested a man in his 30s in connection with a serous assault on a mum in her fifties which left her unconscious.
The serious assault happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, as the mother - who is aged in her 50s - was returning to her nearby home.
Gardai believe she was subjected to a "very violent" attack at around 4am on the grounds of Pollerton Castle, Co Carlow.
Shockingly, the woman was left for dead and was only discovered, unconscious, around nine hours after the assault took place.
The victim was rushed to St Luke's Hospital, Co Kilkenny, where she remains in a serious condition.
Gardai have not disclosed the nature of her injuries for operational reasons.
Detectives have established that the woman was in contact with her daughter at 2.30am and was close to her home at the time.
The arrested man is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act,1984 at Carlow Garda Station.
"Gardaí continue to appealing for witnesses who travelled along Staplestown Road, St. Patrick’s Avenue or Pollerton Road on the morning of Sunday 25th June 2017 between the hours of 2am and 5am to contact them at Carlow Garda Station 059 9136620," a spokesman said.