Gardaí are hoping to speak to a Co Limerick farmer today who almost died when thieves ran him down in a speeding car.
Such were his injuries that Jerry Doody, aged 68, had to be airlifted to University Hospital Limerick where he underwent surgery for multiple fractures.
He was alerted to a car in his yard at Ahawilk, Feoghanagh, last Saturday afternoon.
As he approached two men in the car, it accelerated and was driven directly at him.
The car wheels and the wheels of a trailer attached to the car struck him.
As he lay injured, Mr Doody could not locate his mobile phone.
He managed to crawl into his house where he used a landline to contact his wife, Anne, who had gone shopping to Newcastle West.
The attack left Mr Doody with extensive injuries and he was forced to undergo major surgery.
He was said to be in a stable condition yesterday.
Cllr Jerome Scanlan, who lives nearby, said: “In my view they tried to kill Jerry by driving straight at him. He has been a major poultry grower for many years. As well as chickens he is also a beef farmer.”
The two men in the car had loaded a number of bails of wood chip shavings — which are used to cover the floors of the units in which chickens are grown — into the trailer attached to the car.
Mr Scanlan said: “These bails cost only about €7. To think they were prepared to do what they did for a few bails of chippings is just frightening.”
Gardaí in Newcastle West have mounted a major investigation into the attack. No arrests have yet been made.
A spokesman said: “This was an assault causing serious harm to a man in his own property in the middle of the day.”
The silver 04 car used by the two intruders was spotted at a number of locations later on Saturday.
Gardaí said they were not yet able to speak to Mr Doody, as he was “traumatised” and recovering after surgery.
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