Thursday 17 January 2019

Man remains in critical condition following Fermoy altercation

Bill Browne

A Fermoy man remains in critical condition at Cork University Hospital following an altercation at a local pub over the weekend that left him fighting for his life.

The man, named locally as John O'Mahony, had been socialising with friends in the Abbey Bar when the incident took place at around 1am. 

It is understood there was an exchange of words between Mr O'Mahony, who is aged in his early 50s, and another man. 

This led to Mr O'Mahony receiving a single blow, after which he fell to the ground, reportedly striking his head.  He was rushed to Cork University Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to relieve pressure to a bleed to his brain and he was subsequently put into an induced coma. 

Gardai have spoken to a man, aged in his 40s, and a number of other people who were in the pub. They have also downloaded and viewed CCTV footage from the bar. 

A Garda spokesman said they would like to speak to any other people who were in the Abbey Bar on Saturday night/Sunday morning. 

"Anyone who may have witnessed the incident and may have information that could assist our ongoing investigation into the incident is asked to contact Fermoy Garda station on 025 82100," said the spokesman.