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Man left fighting for life after booze fuelled attack

TJ Duffy
TJ Duffy

THIS is the popular young man who was left fighting for his life following a drink-fuelled assault in Carrickmacross in the early hours of yesterday morning.

TJ Duffy (21), from Ardee, Co. Louth, was left with serious head injuries when he was assaulted on Main Street in the Monaghan town shortly before 4am.

The prime suspect in the attack is a man aged in his 20s who is known to Mr Duffy.

The incident happened outside Paddy Power’s bookmakers, close to Fiddler’s nightclub, where many people were socialising earlier that night. A witness found Mr Duffy on the ground seconds after the attack and spotted a man running away.

A Garda spokesman said: “On arrival to the scene gardaí observed a man lying unconscious on the roadway. The injured man received medical assistance at the scene before being taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.”

He has since been transferred to Beaumont Hospital, which specialises in head injuries and his condition is described as critical. Sources say he has a clot on the brain and was in a very serious condition last night.


Gardaí said the suspect fled the scene on foot via an alleyway off Main Street. Officers are following a definite line of inquiry as part of the investigation.

Sources say the suspect is from outside Carrickmacross and Gardaí expect to make an arrest over the attack.

It is understood he knew the victim.

Ardee Councillor Dolores Minogue said TJ is a well-liked young man and people were devastated to hear what happened.

“We’re just all hoping and praying he makes a speedy recovery. He played GAA and was student in DKIT. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the town are with him,” she said.

Gardaí say there were many people in the area where the attack occurred and are appealing for witnesses to come forward. 

“There was a large number of people in the area at the time of this assault. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who may have been in the vicinity of Main Street.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042 9690190, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda station.