AN ELDERLY woman endured a horrific ordeal when she was subjected to a violent sexual assault in her own home.
The woman, who is in her 70s, was attacked by a man who entered her home and sexually assaulted her before making his escape.
The attack happened between 5.30am and 8am on Saturday when the man broke into her home in Sneem in south Co Kerry.
The traumatised woman raised the alarm and was taken to the Sexual Assault Unit at South Infirmary / Victoria University Hospital. It is the second sexual attack being investigated by gardai in Kerry over the weekend.
It is understood there was also an incident at the woman's home earlier that day when a group of youths surrounded the house. It is also understood that gardai have interviewed a number of people who were in the village on Friday night.
The attack in south Kerry was followed in the early hours of Monday morning by another alleged sexual assault in Killarney town centre, following All-Ireland celebrations.
The assault happened in the Fairhill car park behind the courthouse in the town at around 2.30am. There were crowds of revellers in Killarney that night celebrating Kerry's victory in the All-Ireland senior and minor football finals.
An area in the car park was sealed off yesterday to facilitate a forensic examination.