A RETIRED soldier is unable to walk or talk more than two weeks after he was struck across the head by an assailant armed with a Samurai sword.
Martin Butler (46) remains in hospital with a severe head wound after he was attacked outside his local pub in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary on March 30.
His was hit with the weapon across the head following an argument in Coughlan's pub in the village.
A man has been charged in relation to the incident.
Mr Butler -- who has two daughters -- had been playing cards in his local pub moments before the attack and was a completely innocent victim.
He was rushed to Cork University Hospital on the same day, but has since been transferred to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. He is unable to talk or walk, but his family remain hopeful that he will make progress.
Mr Butler's's younger brother, Paul, said they hope in the future he can receive treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.
"He is in the bed, but can't do a whole lot. He can't walk or speak just yet so it's a long-term waiting game," Paul Butler told the Irish Independent.
"He is only operating at about 30pc."
"The doctors are saying in time it might come back, but we just have to wait and see."
"He can't eat because of the damage inflicted -- he is unable to swallow normal food. They are using several drips on him," he added.
"He knows us when we are there in the hospital with him, but can't really engage us at the moment."
The Butler family said they have received great support from all their neighbours and friends.
Mr Butler served as a private officer in the Defence Forces and is well known across Cappawhite and the surrounding region.