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'Woman helped carry out brutal hurley assault'

THE man who clings to life today following a hurley attack in a park was attacked by a gang which included a woman, gardai believe.

Damien Organ (24) is battling horrific brain injuries after he and his brother Liam were attacked by up to five men wielding hurleys and sticks in the People's Park in Waterford City.

Officers are investigating the possibility that one of his attackers may have been a woman.

Waterford Regional Hospital, where Damien is on a life-support machine, said there had been no improvement in his condition overnight.

Detectives have so far arrested two men and two women in connection with the probe.

The two women were being held at Tramore garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, while the men were being detained at Waterford City station.

Organ, of William Street, was attacked shortly after 11.30pm on Sunday. His brother (27) suffered a broken jaw and bruising to his body.

Gardai believe Damien had agreed to meet one of his attackers to sort out an earlier row.

It is thought Damien may have argued with this man's partner before the horrific incident.

Damien's dad Liam and his mother Olive have been keeping a vigil at their son's bedside in hospital.

Originally from Kilmacthomas in Waterford, Damien was known to gardai in the city for a number of minor offences.

In June 2009, he was sentenced to three months in prison on drug possession and theft charges.

No weapons were found at the scene People's Park, which is about 100 metres from the courthouse in Waterford and 30 metres from the children's playground in the park.