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bloodied but unbowed Jack Woolley speaks out after brutal attack saying he doesn't want it to happen to 'anyone else'

The Taekwondo star spoke of the lead up to the unprovoked attack in Dublin on the Late Late Show

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Jack Woolley after being attacked in Dublin city centre

Jack Woolley after being attacked in Dublin city centre

Jack Woolley after being attacked in Dublin city centre

Irish Olympian Jack Woolley has been praised after speaking about the violent attack he suffered and his ongoing recovery, saying: “I just don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

The Taekwondo star told of the lead-up to the shocking and unprovoked attack in Dublin City centre. It occurred just days after he returned from representing Ireland in Tokyo.

"We were just walking down the road. There were a lot of people on the one side, on the boardwalk area, with music and speakers, just having a good time,” he said on The Late Late Show.

“We thought we would walk past and see if we knew anybody and if not just get a taxi home.

“We couldn't see anyone and got to the top of the street when we heard a lot of noise and commotion. A girl was screaming 'who wants a fight?' and I was with two girls, who were having a chat behind me, so I turned back around to make sure they were safe.

“And when I turned back around again there was a fella standing in front of me who hit me in the face.

“As soon as I got hit, I can remember the taste was like salt water, it was horrible, my mouth was full of blood.”

Jack later highlighted the attack when he shared photos of himself bloodied and injured on social media.

Now the 22 year old is on the road to recovery, back training again and hoping to put the attack behind him. He’s also encouraging young people to take part in a new initiative aimed at making Dublin City a safer place.

“You know I'm not too focussed on myself, I just don't want it to happen to anyone else,” he added.

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