Attacked in wheelchair by couple

A defenceless man was knocked from his wheelchair and brutally attacked by a man and a woman on his way home on Saturday night.

A defenceless man was knocked from his wheelchair and brutally attacked by a man and a woman on his way home on Saturday night.

Eamon Cleere junior was pushed from his wheelchair, punched and kicked in the ribs by the pair as he lay helplessly on the ground pleading for his safety.

But for the intervention of a passer-by, his injuries could have been more serious.

He was on his way home from an event at the Irish Wheelchair Association at Claddagh Court on the College Road when he was assaulted on the Golf Links Road.

The 27-year-old had been at the event, held by the Irish Wheelchair Association. He had tried to contact a wheelchair taxi, but there was none available at the time.

His father, Eamon Cleere is distraught following the unprovoked and violent attack on his son.

“They grabbed him by the collar of his tee shirt and knocked him from his wheelchair and kicked him on his ribs. Fortunately a passer by reported the matter to gardai and they arrived on the scene quickly,” his father Eamon said.

Mr Cleere senior is a well-known fundraiser in the city and has raised over €1.5million for Enable Ireland.

“He is sore and traumatised but thankfully someone called 999. Otherwise who knows what would have happened. You hear of so many people who are beaten up and left in a vegetative state or worse. Anyone who does this to someone who is disabled is cowardly to say the least,” said his father.

Eamon Jnr, who is in a wheelchair having suffered a disability at birth is recovering at home following the incident.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the vicinity of the Golf Links Road in the early hours of Saturday morning to contact them on (056) 7775000.