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Man seriously ill after 'savage attack' in town

A MAN is seriously ill in hospital following a blow to the face during a street altercation in a tourist town.

The injured man, who is in his late-30s and from Kildare, was in Westport, Co Mayo, to prepare for the Gaelforce West one-day adventure race.

It is understood he was among a number of people returning to their hotel at around 2.30am on Sunday when an altercation involving a group of other people occurred at New Road, just off Newport Road.

It is believed the victim hit his head on the pavement. His condition was described as "stable". Gardai are studying CCTV footage and have appealed for any witnesses to what they described as "a savage attack".

Irish Independent