Irishman fights for life after vicious attack in US
Published 29/07/2010 | 00:01
An Irishman is fighting for his life in a New York hospital after being viciously assaulted during a night out with his wife and friends.
Barry McCormack (35), originally from Dublin but now living in New York, sustained serious head injuries after he was attacked outside a bar on July 18 last.
The father of two was punched in the face in an unprovoked assault in which he was knocked unconscious.
He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Centre in the Bronx where he was immediately put into a medically-induced coma.
Doctors have been weaning him out of the coma since Monday in order to determine the extent of his injuries.
The New York Police Department last night confirmed another man, Cornelius O'Shea (33), has been arrested and charged in connection with the attack.
Mr O'Shea appeared in court last Sunday and was subsequently released on bail.
"The assault occurred on July 18 at 2am at East 239th Street and Katonah Avenue," a police spokesman said.
"The victim was punched in the face causing him to fall backwards and he hit the pavement. He sustained a cut to the back of the head."
The attack took place while Mr McCormack was enjoying a night out with his American wife Cheryl and friends.
After dinner, the group decided to go to a bar on Katonah Avenue in the Bronx.
Just before going inside, they noticed a man, that police later identified as Cornelius O'Shea, standing outside the bar with his shirt off, jumping up and down.
This made them uneasy and they opted to leave immediately and go further down Katonah Avenue.
Mr McCormack's cousin, Mark McCormack, said Mr O'Shea told the group of friends to "get the f*** out of the bar".
"Barry knew at this stage to leave so they all walked away heading down Katonah Avenue," Mark said.
Moments later, Mr O'Shea took a run at the group and landed one hard punch to McCormack's face, knocking him to the ground.
"Barry suffered a fractured temple, a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and an enlarged brain," Mark added.
Mr McCormack's father and sister flew out from Ireland last week to be at his bedside.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it had not been contacted for assistance.