Published: Thursday, 15th August, 2013 1:23pm
An arrest has been made in connection with an incident in Birr on August 4 that left a 58-year-old visitor to the town blind in one eye.
Birr native Marie Gauvin had returned from Canada for Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival, and was blinded by a glass missile while taking shelter from the rain in “Keel’s Archway” just off Main Street when a disturbance broke out nearby at about 11pm on Sunday, August 4.
Speaking to the Offaly Independent Birr’s Sergeant Michael Dardis said an 18-year-old male was arrested in the Birr area this morning (Thursday) under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act on suspicion of assault causing harm.
The arrested man is being detained at Birr Garda Station and can be held for a maximum of 24 hours.