Gardaí have begun an investigation after a man in his 20s suffered a serious assault in Carlow Town in the early hours of Monday morning.
According to RTÉ, the victim of the attack was Laois inter-county footballer Daniel O'Reilly. The Graiguecullen man had played 20 minutes as a second half substitute in Laois' National Football League Division Four final win against Carlow on Saturday.
The attack took place at 1 am in the Potato Market area of the town following a night out. O'Reilly was attempting to get a taxi when it's said he was attacked by a "number of assailants".
According to Laois Today, O'Reilly was hit, fell and then struck his head on the ground, suffering multiple fractures to his skull as a result.
He was subsequently taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny where he is in a serious but stable condition.
It's also said that Gardaí are currently following a "definite line of inquiry" regarding the incident.
His club have released a statement on the matter, asking those connected to Craiguecullen GAA to unite in support for O'Reilly.
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