THE victim of a vicious hurl attack suffered a brain haemorrhage as his son escaped hatchet-carrying thugs.
John Dwyer (47) and his son Seamus (24) are still recovering from a brutal assault that took place last Saturday and had them fear for their life.
John, who suffered a fracture to his skull as well as cuts, bruises and bleeding on his brain, was only discharged from St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny yesterday.
His son was left scarred after an axe and a hatchet were swung at his back and elbow.
Police believe that a gang who rob churches may have been behind the assault, after altar wine was discovered on the scene in Borris, Co Carlow.
John Dwyer has been unable to recall exactly what had happened because he suffered from concussion in the incident.
Seamus said the thugs drove a car at his father and left the vehicle before beating him with a hurl. The men left the scene when friends of the victims arrived and contacted gardai.
Seamus explained that the dispute erupted when he tried to speak to a young woman who had been targeted by the gang.
Gardai in Thomastown are appealing to anyone who may have seen a car driving at speed in the Borris or St Mullins area after 12.30am on Saturday to contact them.