Man tells of Avenue Road horror attack

A LOCAL man who was attacked with a hammer is asking anyone who witnessed the assault to contact Dundalk Garda Station.

A LOCAL man who was attacked with a hammer is asking anyone who witnessed the assault to contact Dundalk Garda Station.

Garrett O' Rourke, aged 42, from Knockbridge told The Dundalk Democrat that he was assaulted by a man wielding a hammer on Tuesday, January 11.

"I was sitting in my van on the Avenue Road in Dundalk at around 1pm when a man got out of his car and attacked me," he said.

"He smashed in the windscreen of my white Transit van. The glass came in around me and then he hit me on the shoulder.

"I was shocked, shaken and covered in blood. I drove on straight away because there were about 20 cars in the queue."

Garrett added: "I washed the blood out of my hands and then went up to Dundalk Garda Station to report the incident.

"They interviewed me and took photos of my injuries. I'm asking any of the drivers who saw what happened to contact the guards.

"The man who attacked me was driving a wine coloured Toyota Avensis. I couldn't believe it when I saw him coming for me with the hammer."

Garrett said: "I'd be nervous now going around town in case I bump into him. I'd like to see him arrested because it might put manners on him.

"You can't have a fella going around attacking people with a hammer. It's just not on. What if he did it to someone else?

"The guards have said they are looking into it but they need people to come forward and tell them what they saw.

"Any detail at all is a help."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any relevant information should contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9335577.