A YOUNG man is in a medically induced coma after sustaining serious head injuries in a suspected Cork assault.
The 30-year-old was involved in a confrontation outside a west Cork pub in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 11.
The young man, who lives locally, initially appeared fine after the incident but began to complain of a severe headache and slowly started to lose consciousness.
He was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where it was discovered that he had a bleed to the brain.
Doctors placed him in a medically induced coma on Sunday in a bid to treat his injury.
It is understood he remains in a critical condition with his family by his bedside.
Clonakilty gardai have appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident involved to assist their inquiries.
"This is a very serious incident and we would urge anyone with information to contact us," a Garda source said.
"We would particularly like to talk to anyone who was on Pearse Street between 12 midnight and 1am to contact us."
The young man was involved in a confrontation around 12.30am just metres from a popular pub.
He had been socialising in the town for a number of hours before the incident.
Initial reports indicate that the young man may have struck his head on the pavement after being either pushed or punched during a row.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clonakilty Garda Station on (023) 8821570or the Garda Confidential Line on (1800) 666111.