Teacher suffers head injuries in attack
A POPULAR school teacher is recovering in hospital after he was assaulted outside a late-night bar over the bank holiday weekend.
Alan Curran -- a Co Carlow footballer -- had been socialising with friends in the Med Bar in Carlow town when he received serious head injuries in an assault after he left the pub.
Friends said Alan was in "great form" and had been enjoying himself in the bar when he left at around 1.45am yesterday.
However, he fell to the ground during the assault and hit his head off the kerbing on the footpath.
Mr Curran was rushed to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny following the incident.
The attack has shocked the small community of Carlow town where Alan is well-known.
Priests spoke about the incident at Sunday Masses held around the county and condemned the assault.
Mr Curran works as a secondary school teacher in Kilmacud in Dublin.
The Gaelic footballer plays for Eire Og GFC. He was described by the club as a "very talented" player and a "quiet chap".
His family and team-mates were said to be relieved that Alan was now making a recovery after the assault on College Street in the town.
Owner of the Med Bar, Laurence Murray, told the Irish Independent that a staff member accompanied Mr Curran to hospital.
It's the second time for the well-known nightspot to make headlines in as many months.
A gang of men armed with shotguns and crowbars held Aileen Julian, the manager of the Med Bar hostage at her home before escaping with up to €50,000 in September.