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Don't worry Irish Olympic hero Jack Woolley documents horrific aftermath of attack in Dublin

In one short clip he appears to be in the back of an ambulance being brought to hospital


Jack Woolley being treated in hospital after the attack

Jack Woolley being treated in hospital after the attack

Jack Woolley being treated in hospital after the attack

Irish Olympic hero Jack Woolley has shared a series of disturbing videos and pictures of the aftermath of a horrific attack he endured in Dublin last night. 

Jack, who had been pictured enjoying a night out with friends just minutes earlier, was hospitalised after being beaten up.

The Tallaght man – who was Ireland’s first ever competitor in taekwondo at an Olympic games – had earlier posted horrific pictures of him with blood all over his clothes during a night out in the capital on Friday.

Jack (22) uploaded on Instagram ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of his evening out, noting on Instagram: “Literally two minutes between these photos”.


Jack moments after the sickening attack

Jack moments after the sickening attack

Jack moments after the sickening attack

The Dubliner, who touched the heart of the nation when his broke down in tears during a TV interview following his Tokyo 2021 elimination, uploaded the pictures from St James’ Hospital, where he was treated for his wounds.

He later shared a series of clips and picture documenting his ordeal.

In one short clip he appears to be in the back of an ambulance being brought to hospital.

He holds a blue surgical pad to his bloodied face as another man is treated while lying on a stretcher. He has captioned the video ‘How’s everyone’s night going? Mines delightful.”

In the next picture he is seen in a hospital bed still holding a pad to his face with the caption, ‘All good don't worry’ and a laughing emoji icon.

In the next video he speaks to the camera but his voice his muffled because of the pad in front of his face.

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There is then a picture without the pad revealing his bloodied face and a wide and nasty looking cut to his swollen top lip. He has captioned this picture “thank god for masks aye.”

In the next video he is seen with a large plaster over the cut as he relates in a “quick update that I have these temporary stiches in and I have plastic surgery then at 7, so I got a bit to wait. I’m going to have a little nap, but yeah, I’m alright.”

The following video shows him in a hospital room and he has written underneath: “Here since 1am and still not bee (sic) seen to properly. Phones on 5% thanks to everyone looking out for me. I’ll reply when I get chance.”

He shares a picture of a parcel on his bed with the caption, “some people are just the best”, while in the last video he says he is still waiting for surgery.

“I’ve been here for over 12 hours and yeah, just been thrown onto the corridor,” he adds.

Gardaí said they attended the scene of an assault that occurred on Grattan Bridge, Dublin 1 at approximately 12.40am today (Saturday, August 14).

“One man, aged in his 20s, was conveyed to St James’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained during the incident,” gardai said. “No arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing.”

It is still unclear the reason for the violent attack on the athlete – which appears to have been a gang assailment against Jack and his friends - but online fans rushed to support him.

“OK I’m made right now is just putting it mild, Jack Woolley one of our athletes that made us all so proud went out in our dear old Dublin last night with friends and was beaten up by scumbags,” raged one.

“All I can say is wtf your horrible c**ts to do this to anyone, but to a friend and someone who did our country proud and this is how they show him there love so plz share this and we all know Jack is a fighter. He is stronger in mind and body to get over this.

“I really hope the scum that did this to him and his friends spend years in jail.”

Another fumed: “I’m so mad over this, that it can happen to anyone but for it to happen to someone like you Jack, we are all so proud of you. We all love you, so much wishing you better and stronger and for this who did this to do jail time.”

The attack on Jack follows several incidents of street violence in Dublin city centre in recent months, with Gardai having to forcibly treat overrun streets earlier in the Summer during the height of the lockdown.

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