The distraught wife of an Ulster man left in a life-threatening condition after being attacked by an angry mob said last night that he was still fighting for survival.
Father of four Brendan Doran (51), from Newcastle, sustained several blows and kicks to his head during a savage assault in Dundalk, Co Louth, 11 days ago.
The Co Down bar manager was last night still on a life support machine in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.
A hospital spokesperson said his condition was "critical".
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Mr Doran's wife Carmel said she is struggling to come to terms with the ferocious and unprovoked assault.
"There is no change with him," she said.
"I don't really want to talk about what happened.
"It happened and there's nothing we can do about it. We just have to get through it, that's all."
Mr Doran had been celebrating his birthday, along with his son Francis, at Dundalk dog track before the attack occurred on Saturday, October 20.
The pair became separated from friends and boarded the wrong coach for the trip home.
When they realised their mistake they got off the bus, but reports suggest they were followed by a hostile crowd who subsequently set upon them.
Francis, who lives in London but was home to celebrate his father's birthday, received serious facial injuries in the attack.
His father, however, took the brunt of the beating and was rushed to intensive care.
It is understood that gardai in Co Louth are studying CCTV footage in order to try and identify the perpetrators.
A gardai spokesperson last night said that, as yet, no arrests have been made.
Jack O'Hare, owner of O'Hare's Lounge bar in Newcastle where Mr Doran works, said the local men had been surrounded by the mob.
"After they attacked them and Brendan was on the ground, the crowd of them drove past in the bus laughing," he said.
"Brendan and Francis definitely didn't deserve that."
Newcastle councillor Carmel O'Boyle said the town was in shock in the wake of the nasty incident.
"It really is hard to take in. People in the town are horrified by what has happened. Everyone in Newcastle who knows Brendan and his family are praying for his recovery," she said.