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Down Star Returns Home From Hospital After Newry Assault

Down Star Returns Home From Hospital After Newry Assault
By PJ Browne Updated
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Caolan Mooney has been discharged from hospital and allowed return home.

The Down footballer was assaulted in the early hours of December 30th outside the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. He had played at midfield for his county just hours earlier as they beat Fermanagh in the McKenna Cup.

The 26-year-old was admitted to hospital with bleeding on the brain. He has since been recovering at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

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"My skull is fractured but glad to be getting home to let it recover now," Mooney tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

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Mooney tweeted throughout his stay in care, thanking people for their messages and also sharing images of himself watching Down champions Kilcoo defeat Ballyboden St Enda's to reach the All-Ireland club football final.

The Irish News reports that two men have been charged in connection with the incident which also saw Mooney's brother suffer a broken nose.

Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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