Family of Irishman badly injured in Sydney street brawl arrive in Australia

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Jason Cierans
Jason Cierans

The family of Jason Cierans who is critical condition in hospital after he was caught up in a street brawl in Sydney have arrived in Australia.

Declan and Stephanie Cierans and their younger son Jamie have made the trip to be with Jason (29) who has been in an induced coma since the incident in the Sydney suburb of Bondi Junction in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Speaking to the Sunday World on Saturday, his grandmother Catherine Cierans said the attack has come as a terrible shock to the family and that she is praying everyday for him.

“We are absolutely shocked,” Jason’s grandmother Catherine said from her home on Barrack Street in Cork City 

“Declan and Stephanie got a call in the early hours of the morning. I’m sick with worry.”

Ms Cierans said Jason, who is her first grandchild, emigrated to Australia at the beginning of the recession and had settled well there working in the construction industry.

Mr Cierans had been working as a labourer in Sydney and had recently posted on Facebook: “Left Ireland five years ago today, no turning back now.”

Two men were arrested at the scene of the assault. 

A 30-year-old man appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm and a second man has been charged by police.