A man in his 20s is undergoing surgery in Dublin following a serious assault in Athlone overnight.
He received head injuries in the incident that happened at around 12:30am in the Willow Park area.
Emergency services were made aware of the assault by a telephone call and both Gardaí and the ambulance service attended the scene.
The man was rushed to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe from where he was transferred to Beaumont.
The area where the attack took place has been sealed off for a technical examination later today.
Garda investigations are at an early stage.
They are appealing for witnesses to come forward and can be contacted in Athlone on 09064 92600 or on the confidential line 1800 666111.