Sean Cox has returned home to Dunboyne almost two years after suffering life-changing injuries in an attack outside a Liverpool match.
Sean and his brother Martin Cox were heading to Anfield for the Reds' Champions League semi-final tie against Roma when they were attacked by away supporters in April 2018. Two men were subsequently jailed for their roles in the assault.
The Co Meath father-of-three was left with head injuries that required him to be placed into an induced coma at the Walton Centre in Liverpool.
He was subsequently transferred to a Dublin hospital, then cared for at Dún Laoghaire Rehabilitation Hospital, back in the UK and finally Marymount in Lucan.
His family took to social media to announce he was finally allowed home on a permanently.
They said: "Amidst our challenges, a positive moment as Sean Cox makes his return home.
"Sean's journey over this time has been challenging and difficult, however today is an important and positive milestone for Sean and his family.
"While Sean will continue to require full-time care and ongoing rehabilitation for the foreseeable future, today is a definitely a day to enjoy."
Sean's wife Martina, commenting on his return home, said: "This is a day we as a family have been looking forward to for a long time. While Sean still has a long road to travel, having him home with us is an incredibly important step as we come together as a family unit again.
"I can't thank enough those who have helped Sean along the way over the past two years. Without a doubt this support has made today possible.
"In particular, I would like to thank the incredible staff in Marymount Care Centre in Lucan for the care and support they have provided to Sean over the past number of months.
"At a time when staying at home takes on new meaning for all of us, its clear that there is no other place that Sean would rather be."
Hundreds of thousands of euro has been raised through fundraising to help with the finance for Cox's long-term treatment.
Donations were received from Roma and their chairman Jim Pallotta, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Irish internationals David Meyler, Seamus Coleman and scores of other well-known names, organisations and the public.
€748,000 was donated following a fundraising match at the Aviva Stadium between Liverpool and Republic of Ireland selections in April 2019.
Sean's brother Peter said: "The support for their family has been massive."