AN OFF-DUTY garda has suffered serious head injuries after an unprovoked assault in Garryowen during the early hours of this morning.
The young officer was in the company of his wife when the couple were set upon by three men on St Patrickâ€™s Road at around 3.30am.
The victim is stationed in County Galway, but his wife is from Limerick. The couple were returning to the home of one of her relatives after a night out.
They were being dropped off by friends when they were set upon by the three men. It is understood that the garda was punched in the face and struck his head hard on the concrete when he fell.
He is being treated for head injuries at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.
According to some reports, he suffered a fractured skull as a result of the assault. His condition has been described as serious but stable.
Gardai at Henry Street are following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the attack but are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and contact them at 061 212400.
It is not known whether the attackers were aware the officer was a member of An Garda Siochana.
Not long out of the Garda Training College in Templmore, the victim is aged in his mid-20s and is currently attached to Gort Garda Station.
Separately, inquiries are continuing into another serious assault in the city centre which has left a man fighting for his life at Cork University Hospital.
Ger Sheehan, who is aged in his 40s and has family in the Corbally area, is believed to have been bludgeoned with a bat by two men who had earlier been refused entry to a late-night house party the victim was attending at St Francis Place in the early hours of Friday morning.
He remains in a critical condition with head injuries.
No arrests have been made to date in respect of either assault.