The parents of a 24-year-old man from Cork who was critically injured during an altercation outside a nightclub in Liverpool on Saturday morning have travelled to the city to be at his bedside.

Stephen Donegan from Shanballymore in north Cork remains in an induced coma in hospital.

Two men were arrested by Merseyside Police in connection with the attack.

One of them has been charged with assaulting Mr Donegan; the other has been released without charge.

Mr Donegan was one of a group of friends from the village who travelled to Liverpool for a stag party at the weekend.

They had planned to attend the FA Cup match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield yesterday, and were socialising in the city centre on Friday night when the incident occurred.

Mr Donegan was found with a serious head injury in an alleyway close to the city's Concert Square, just after 2am on Saturday morning.

There are a number of nightclubs and bars in the area, and Mr Donegan is understood to have gone outside for a cigarette when an altercation occurred with two other men.

His friends returned to Cork yesterday, while Mr Donegan's parents, Connie and Catherine, and his sister, Sinead, travelled to Liverpool to be at his bedside.

The family are hopeful that Mr Donegan will regain consciousness later today. 

Merseyside Police have named the man charged with assaulting Mr Donegan as 19-year old Kyle Harley from Seymour Street, Wirral, in Liverpool.

He is due to be brought before Liverpool Magistrates Court today.