Saturday 24 August 2019

'We just want these guys caught' - Family of man (23) left with jaw broken after unprovoked punch

Ronan in his hospital bed after the attack
Ronan in his hospital bed after the attack
Ronan (right) and his brother Eugene (left).
Gardaí are now reviewing CCTV footage from the area

Caroline Crawford

Gardaí are reviewing CCTV footage in the hope of identifying a group of youths who left a young man with serious injuries in a one punch attack.

Ronan Greaney (23) had his jaw broken in three places in the unprovoked one punch attack in Galway in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He is now recovering in hospital after having two metal plates inserted in his jaw.

The young man, who runs the popular Dough Bros Pizza place in Galway city with his brother Eugene, was left with serious facial injuries.

On Tuesday he had surgery for over three and a half hours to have two plates permanently inserted into his jaw. He will also have his jaw wired shut for up to six weeks.

Eugene Greaney said Ronan was in a lot of pain after the surgery - but had his spirits lifted by the outpouring of support from members of the public.

Gardaí are now reviewing CCTV footage from the area. They have urged anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

"His jaw will be wired up for four to six weeks, but we're hoping it will be off by Christmas. We're going to Lanzarote as a family for Christmas and hopefully the wires will be off by then," added Eugene.

Eugene said the family were overwhelmed by the surge in support and calls after highlighting the attack.

The family have been inundated with calls and messages since the incident.

"It's keeping Ronan's spirits up knowing the warmth and support that is out there for him. We just want to see him recover and get justice for him. We want these guys caught."

Ronan had gone to their local shop for cigarettes after returning from a night out when the attack occurred outside the Woodquay Stores at 1.30am.

Anyone with information can contact Millstreet Gardai on 091 538000.

Irish Independent

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