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Saturday 21 April 2018

Radio DJ knocked out in vicious assault

Radio presenter Eoghan McDermott. Photo: Mark Stedman
Radio presenter Eoghan McDermott. Photo: Mark Stedman

Cian Murray

Radio presenter Eoghan McDermott has spoken to gardaí in connection with a vicious St Stephen's Day assault that left him unconscious.

The 33-year-old suffered a severe concussion when he was attacked as he made his way home from a pub in Clondalkin, west Dublin.

The RTÉ star said he underwent a brain scan following the attack and it could be four weeks before his symptoms subside.

Read more: 'I had to go back into hospital for a second brain scan' - RTE star Eoghan McDermott reveals aftermath of vicious unprovoked attack

"I just went to see [friends in Clondalkin] and wish them happy Christmas.

"I was leaving a pub there... [I] left the pub and was on the phone to my girlfriend walking towards a taxi rank and I don't remember anything after that until I was up in Tallaght Hospital," he told RTÉ's 'Liveline'.

"I was [at the hospital] for probably 10 or 11 hours and I had a brain scan and thankfully it came back all clear, but my tooth was knocked through my lip.

"I went home for a day. I had a ringing in my ears. My girlfriend is actually a doctor and she said 'we should bring you back to hospital', so I went back and had another brain scan. In the end they said it is just a severe concussion."

The DJ added he was startled by the "unprovoked nature" of the attack.

Read more: RTE’s Eoghan McDermott thanks public for kind messages following St Stephen’s night attack that left him unconscious

"I went and made my formal statement yesterday. There are a lot of cameras in the area, but it depends whether it falls into a blind spot, whether they can identify the person," he said.

Irish Independent

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