An investigation is under way after three masked men assaulted a woman after they broke into a house in Co Carlow early this morning.

The incident happened at around 4.30am at a house at Lower Springhill, Killeshin.

The men entered the house and proceeded to take the keys of a Nissan Qashqai SUV.

The woman confronted the men and was assaulted by one of them, receiving a blow to the head with what is described as a 'bat'.

The woman was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise with minor injuries.

The SUV was later found crashed at Cloydagh, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow.

No arrests have been made. Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station are investigating the incident.