Garda's terror during attack by five pitbulls

Alan O'Keeffe

A GARDA is recovering after being attacked by five pitbull terriers.

Garda Donal Foley has undergone surgery following the horrific attack by a pack of dogs on Monday night.

The garda and former intercounty GAA star suffered severe wounds during the attack which happened in Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford, where the garda is stationed.

Garda Foley (50) was bitten on his hands, legs, and lower body in the terrifying attack.

As he arrived at a house, the five pitbulls came around a corner and attacked him. The former Tipperary footballer was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel where he underwent surgery on Tuesday. Garda Superintendent Michael Leacy told the Herald today the incident was "under investigation." The superintendent said he and all his garda colleagues were "relieved" that he is now "on the mend."

"It was a very unusual incident," said the garda chief.


Garda Foley's brother Derek played for Ireland in the past in the compromise rules games against Australia.

Donal is a prominent member of Moyle Rovers GAA Club in Clonmel. Club PRO Jean O'Connor today described him as "a big strong man" which probably helped in the attack.

"All at the club are glad that he is now doing okay," she said.