Experienced gardaí say the attack in Co Waterford was “one of the most vicious” they have encountered. They issued an appeal last night for help from the public in finding those responsible.
Gardaí believe three men broke into the 68-year-old woman’s house at Drumgelane, Grange, near Ardmore, at about 4.40am on Saturday.
They went into the woman’s bedroom and tied her to a bed. They beat her until she told them where her savings were. The men then dragged the woman into her garden and tied her to a fence.
They beat her again before fleeing.
The woman managed to free herself and alerted the emergency services.
She was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital where she is said to be in a stable condition.
Supt Tom O’Grady, who is leading the investigation, said two of the attackers are described as being tall. One had fair hair and both had blue eyes.
Supt O’Grady said all the attackers were in their 20s and clean-shaven.
Anybody with information is asked to contact Dungarvan Garda Station at 058-48600.