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'Let's be more humane in 2017' - RTÉ star Eoghan McDermott speaks out about Christmas attack

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Eoghan McDermott at the launch of RTE2's Generation What at The ODEON on Harcourt Street

Eoghan McDermott at the launch of RTE2's Generation What at The ODEON on Harcourt Street

Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM

Eoghan McDermott at the launch of RTE2's Generation What at The ODEON on Harcourt Street

RTÉ 2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott says he had to have a brain scan after he was attacked on a night out in Dublin.

The DJ took to social media to explain what happened, claiming he was “sucker punched” from behind and knocked unconscious.

McDermott had been in Clondalkin on St Stephen’s night with friends and was trying to get a taxi home.

Following the attack, he went to Tallaght Hospital where he had to have a CT brain scan and was diagnosed with a “bad concussion”.

“My face is a little swollen. My tooth went through my lip and out the other side, which is no fun,” he said.

“I was walking by myself to get a taxi home and was on the phone. Someone or someones came up behind me and sucker punched the back of my head. I fell down, hit my head off concrete and was knocked unconscious.

“I went to Tallaght Hospital, was looked after and sent home.

“When I got home, I got a lot sicker. [I had] nausea, I couldn't see properly, I was vomiting loads and had crazy headaches.”

Speaking in a video on his Facebook page, the former Voice of Ireland host said he will be going to gardaí about the attack in the coming days.

“It could have been the whole lot worse but that’s the point, somebody could smack their head off concrete and have a brain haemorrhage or crazy complications that could really cause them problems, so I don’t know if these guys were just idiots and it was a bit of bravado, or they were sinister people who do this kind of thing regularly.

“That kind of behaviour is not on."

The Dublin broadcaster thanked his friends and family for their support, but also referenced people who said “he deserved” it.

"To the people on Facebook who said 'You had s**t hair on the Voice of Ireland so you deserve it', I've since got a haircut so I hope that's that.

"To the people who said 'I don't like you on the radio so you deserve it', noted - I'll listen to some Terry Wogan and Gay Byrne archives and take notes.

"Let's all try to be a little more humane and decent to each other in 2017, that would be a good place to start,” he added.

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