Naas General Hospital is treating a 27 year-old man for a fractured skull and multiple lacerations following a vicious machete assault on Saturday night, June 9, outside Carbury GAA.
The victim, who received 100 stitches to his back, neck and chest, was socialising with a woman just prior to the assault. At approximately 9.30pm he was ejected from the club after what witnesses say was an altercation. Once outside, he was set upon by three men.
He received deep lacerations on his back, neck, shoulders and face and suffered significant muscle and tendon damage.
Shocked eyewitnesses described the attack as frightening. There was an 18th birthday party taking place at the time with a large number of young people.
“If you saw the guy, God help him,” said one witness. “He had huge gaping wounds on his back, his shoulder and his face. He was covered in blood.
“It was very distressing. There were a lot of women and young girls around.”
Eyewitnesses said that the culprits were waiting for the victim outside the gates of the clubhouse. They believe he was set up.
“He’s not a regular here,” said another person who spoke to this paper. “Somebody must have told them he was there.”
Both the victim, who is originally from Edenderry, and the culprits, who barely disguised themselves by wearing hoodies, are known to Gardai.
The Leinster Leader understands that they were once associates. The culprits, who are brothers, are believed to be connected to a number of high profile serious crime incidents in the north west Kildare area over the past number of months.
There is huge fear in the Derrinturn and Carbury area this week given that the culprits were easily identified.
“It’s a terrible situation,” one man told this paper, who spoke on the strict condition of anonymity.
“Everybody’s afraid to open their mouths. We could see who it was. It was obvious.”
Locals fear intimidation if they speak out, and they also fear that it could lead to an equally bloody reprisal.
Gardai were quickly on the scene following the assault. Despite his injuries, the victim became aggressive with Gardai and had to be restrained.
“He had un-natural strength, false strength,” said a witness. “He had to be handcuffed by gardai. But he became quite weak after that.
“It was a terrible thing to witness, shocking.”
The area was sealed off and a large Garda forensics team worked there for much of the following morning.
The incident is also of great concern to Carbury GAA which runs the bar at the clubhouse to raise funds for the club.
“Like every GAA club it’s a struggle to keep everything going,” said a club committee member who explained that they fear the incident might drive away customers who would be afraid of a repeat.
“These things don’t help. People might say, ‘well we don’t want to go down there again if that’s what happens down there’.”