A MAN who suffered a vicious assault in a quiet housing estate has had surgery in a bid to save his eye.
The man was left with severe head injuries after the assault at around 9pm on Sunday in the Woodview estate in Ashford, Co Wicklow. He was assaulted with a weapon, understood to be a golf club.
Doctors in St Vincent's Hospital attempted to reconstruct the man's eye socket and jaw last. A source said the victim had lost one of his eyes.
According to local sources, an altercation broke out between two men as part of an ongoing feud and a number of punches were thrown. The row then took a sinister turn and the weapon was produced.
The victim of the assault, a 31-year-old man, was leaving the area in his car when his attacker, who is well-known to gardai, attacked the vehicle.
Serious head injuries were inflicted on the man, who then crashed his car into a wall.
Witnesses said the man, who was bleeding heavily and had a gash to his head, then stumbled out of the car in a confused state. One local source said the man had lost an eye in the attack.
Gardai and ambulance crews rushed to the scene and the man was taken to St Vincent's Hospital where he is in a serious condition.
One local man, who was with the victim following the assault and asked not to be identified, said the man's injuries were "horrific". "It was terrible -- I couldn't see his face because there was so much blood. It was running like a tap," he said.
Gardai said the culprit fled the area on foot and they are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them in Wicklow Garda station on 0404 60140, on the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111.