The family of a 73-year-old man has appealed for information after an assault in Dublin's north inner city last month left him in an induced coma with serious brain injuries.
Paddy Hansard was attacked as he walked home from his local pub, the Clonliffe House in Ballybough, in the early hours of 17 August last.
He and his partner June left the pub at closing time before Paddy was confronted by a man with a weapon and wearing a mask in the stairwell leading to his flat at nearby Courtney Place.
Speaking on RTÉ's Crimecall, broadcast tonight, June recalls that it was a normal night.
"Paddy was in great form that night, just having a few drinks, having a conversation with the people beside us. He was just in great humour".
June said she feared the worst in the aftermath of the attack and said Paddy is "a very strong man to survive this".
Paddy’s daughter Linda said the reality of what had happened her father was still sinking in.
"Our dad before the 17th of August, I don't think we will ever get that man back".
Paddy is still being treated in hospital.
His brother Paul said doctors have told the family that he has significant brain damage and described this as "life changing for Paddy".
Paul also said the assault continues to have a significant impact on him.
"Paddy should have been safe going to the pub, coming back home. It’s shattered the peace of our family. Our family are devastated."
June added that "what I saw that night frightened the life out of me. My life is upside down right now".
Paddy is a highly respected member of the community in Ballybough. His friends and neighbours rallied round in the aftermath of the assault and held a vigil for him.
Paddy’s family are appealing for anyone with information to contact gardaí.
A man in his 50s was questioned in connection with the asault before being released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Pubic Prosecutions.