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Man (20s) arrested over Galway firework attack which left girl with serious injuries

The incident occurred on October 22nd

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Gardaí have arrested a man in his 20s as part of the investigation into an incident whereby a young woman was struck in the face with a firework.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight on October 22nd at a bus stop in Galway City.

The victim was sitting at the bus stop when someone launched a firework toward the crowd at Eyre Square.

It is understood that the perpetrator threw the explosive from near the Tourist Information Kiosk and towards where the young student was sitting.

The injured girl was hit in the face causing “serious physical injuries” and “emotional repercussions”.

It is believed that she may have lost sight in one of her eyes as a result of the attack. She was rushed by ambulance to hospital for treatment.

A family friend later set up a fundraiser to help cover the young woman’s medical bills.

The GoFundMe has raised over €35,000 so far.

“A beautiful and kind young student from Galway was struck by an illegal firework which had been set off, pointed at crowded Eyre Square,” a statement on the fundraiser said.

“Several reckless and careless people who lacked not only common sense in the first place but the respect and basic morals to come forward afterwards have seriously hurt a wonderful young woman and shaken her entire world. There are extremely serious physical injuries and emotional repercussions of this accident which as friends of the family, we hope to provide for.”

The young woman has been described as kind, genuine, gentle and resilient.

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“Accidents like this are terrifying and life-altering but surrounded by family and friends, our girl has already reminded us of how strong she is and so undeserving of such a nightmare.”

The fundraiser also states that because of her mental and emotional trauma, the victim wants to keep her details private.

“Physically, mentally, and emotionally, trauma such as this leads to huge expenses, and we are grateful for any help. We’re hoping to raise this money in order to financially aid the further medical treatments which will be required to heal her injuries.”

The fundraiser also called for government action on illegal fireworks, and for the public to be educated on their dangers.

“As children we are taught to be responsible for our actions and to consider their effects on others, but that is forgotten too frequently. Had simple rules been enforced, this all could have been avoided.

The man arrested in connection with the incident is currently being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a South Dublin Garda station.

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