25 May 2022

Garda search under way in Kilkenny after teenage girl attacked

No arrests have yet been made


Gardai remain at the scene with air support and canine unit assisting at an incident today in North Kilkenny

Gardaí have launched a search after a young girl (17) was attacked while out walking at lunchtime today in rural Kilkenny.

The teenager was reportedly grabbed by a male in his 40s, who was wearing dark clothing and spoke with an Irish accent. The girl struggled and screamed, and her attacker fled the scene. The girl was taken to St Luke’s General Hospital Kilkenny and treated for shock and a physical injury (non-life threatening). Investigating Gardaí have carried out an initial interview with the girl.

The incident happened on a rural laneway - known locally as Cullinane's Lane - just outside the village of Johnstown

Gardai remain at the scene with Garda air support and canine unit assisting. No arrests have been made, and investigations are ongoing.

Gardaí continue to carry out enquiries and recover CCTV from the area. They are appealing for any person travelling on the R639 between Johnstown and The Gallops (a minor road also known locally as Cullinanes Lane), Ballyspellan between 11am and 12.15pm, particularly any person with any video footage (dashcam or other recording device) to contact Gardaí at Kilkenny at 056 7775000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. 

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