Woman in critical condition following Ennis assault

Woman In Critical Condition Following Ennis Assault
28/1/2021 A young woman is fighting for her life in hospital after she was viciously assaulted in Ennis, Co Clare. Gardaí have sealed off a scene in the Market area of the town following the incident which is understood to have occurred shortly after 6.00pm. Photograph Press 22
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Patrick Flynn

UPDATE: The male in his 30s arrested in relation to an assault that occurred in The Market area of Ennis on Thursday 28th January has been charged.

He is due to appear before a special sitting of Ennis District Court at 11am tomorrow morning, Saturday 30th January 2021.

A young woman is fighting for her life in hospital after an assault in Co Clare this evening.


A man in his mid-20s was arrested at the scene and is being detained at Ennis Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The incident is understood to have occurred shortly after 6pm in the Market area of Ennis town centre. Passers-by are believed to have raised the alarm by contacting gardaí.

Gardaí and ambulance paramedics responded to the call and soon established that there was a person inside a public toilet. Unable to gain access to the toilet, the fire service was requested to assist.


Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station attended the scene and gained entry to the toilet. Ambulance paramedics and an advanced paramedic, specially trained in advance life support skills, assessed and treated the woman. She’s believed to be in her early 20s.

She was rushed to University Hospital Limerick in a critical condition with fire service personnel travelling in the ambulance to assist paramedics as they battled to resuscitate the victim.

Gardaí sealed off an area of Upper Market Street and Garraunakilla. An indoor carpark and the public toilet where the woman was found were also preserved as part of the investigation.

A crime scene technician photographed the area while a more detailed technical examination will also be carried out. Gardaí have launched an investigation into the incident.

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