Irish Olympian Jack Woolley was left covered in blood and in need of facial reconstructive surgery after he was attacked in Dublin.
The 22-year-old was assaulted “out of the blue” by a stranger while out in Dublin City Centre in the early hours of Saturday morning local time.
Woolley, who represented Ireland in taekwondo at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, was brought to Dublin’s St. James’ Hospital for facial reconstructive surgery.
His mother, Annette, told The Echo: “He was just standing near the Ha’Penny Bridge around 12.30am with his two friends and some fella just came up and attacked him out of the blue.
“He is trying to tell me he is alright. I am just waiting on a phone call to find out what is happening because he was supposed to get his surgery this morning, but it has been delayed.
“I am just thinking that he is lucky in a way because apparently there were stabbings…