A County Longford senior footballer had to have part of his scalp glued back together after he was viciously assaulted outside a Sligo nightclub, it has emerged.
Newtowncashel student, Peter Foy suffered a broken and dislocated jaw, a fractured eye socket and extensive damage to his teeth during the frenzied attack along Sligo town's Market Street on November 7.
Peter's roomate at Sligo Institute of Technology was also severely injured in the brawl, sustaining equally severe facial lacerations and injuries to his mouth.
Meanwhile, Peter has been forced to eat out of a straw for two and a half weeks before undergoing major reconstructive surgery when doctors noticed his jaw wasn't healing sufficiently quick enough.
As he recalled the shocking moments which led up to the incident barely four weeks ago, the 23-year-old inter-county wing back said many questions still remain.
"A friend of mine was after playing in the Connacht Championship that day and rang me to see if I would go to the pub," he recalled. After three pints in the town's popular Shenanigan's Bar, the pair crossed the road to the nearby nightclub.
"We were in great form; we met a few classmates inside (in the club) and everything was going fine. It was only when we stepped outside that the trouble started. One guy just started walking towards me and hit me for no reason at all," he explained.
Clearly shaken, Peter attempted to reason with his assailant but upon noticing the man was with a gang of at least three others, went to a nearby takeaway instead.
Moments later, however, the same group followed Peter and his friend to the late night restaurant before launching a vicious assault on the pair outside.
"The same guy came up to me mouthing again. I knew we were in trouble and before we knew it there were four, five or maybe six of them who started laying into us. The last thing I remember was being kicked and punched on the ground," he said.
The assault left Peter momentarily unconscious with blood gushing from his mouth. "When I came back around I didn't realise my jaw was broken, I just saw all of the blood. When I saw it (x-rays of jaw) back in the hospital, my jaw was literally sideways.
Now back in college, and with a three inch scar on his neck as he prepares for his final year business studies exams, Peter confessed the saga has affected him deeply.
"I never had a bad word to say about Sligo before. It's just such a bad memory to have of the place," he confided.
A spokesperson for Sligo Gardai confirmed they are investigating an alleged assault in the town on November 7, although no arrests have yet been made. Footage has been reviewed and anyone with information is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071 9142031.
Newtowncashel inter-county footballer Peter Foy bears the scars of the brutal assault he suffered.