Man seriously assaulted in Dublin was on way home from retirement party

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
The scene of the incident in Harold's Cross
The scene of the incident in Harold's Cross

A 57-year-old man is fighting for his life after he was assaulted as he made his way home from a retirement party.

The South Dublin man had celebrated his retirement party in Harold’s Cross earlier in the evening but at some stage had become separated from his pals.

Witnesses described how, at approximately 4 am on Saturday morning, he became involved in an altercation involving a man and a woman outside the Parkview Apartments in Harold’s Cross.

It is believed that eyewitnesses reported seeing the man being struck a single time before he fell to the ground.

Investigators believe he struck his head off the ground as he fell causing him to sustain serious head injuries in the process.

Sources say that it appears the man and woman left the scene in the immediate aftermath and may not have realised how seriously he was injuried.

He was rushed from the scene by ambulance to James Hospital where he was on life support yesterday.

Gardai yesterday said they were appealing for the man and woman involved to make contact with investigators to clarify their role in the incident.

In a statement yesterday afternoon Gardaí said they were  renewing their appeal for witnesses to a serious assault on Harold’s Cross Road in Dublin at about 4am.

“Shortly after 4am Gardaí and ambulance services were called to an incident outside Park View Apartments, Harold’s Cross,” the statement read.

“This is directly opposite Harold’s Cross park.

“A 57 year old man was discovered injured in what Gardaí believe to have been an assault.

“The injured man is in a serious condition at St James’ Hospital.

“The suspect may have left the scene in the direction of Terenure and Gardaí are examining CCTV in the area and carrying out door to door enquiries.

“Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the area between Harlod’s Cross Bridge and Terenure between 3.30 and 4am to contact them at an incident room at Rathmines Garda Station on 01 666 6714 or on 01 666 6700.”