Picture: Twitter / NialRing

Gardai investigating the vicious assault of a 75-year-old man in Ballybough are making a further appeal for information from the public.

Paddy Hansard (75) was attacked with a shovel at Courtney Place flats on his way home from the pub over the weekend, and remains in a critical condition in the Mater Hospital with both spinal and brain injuries.

Gardai investigating an assault in Ballybough are looking for a mask similar to this

Gardai in Mountjoy have said they are particularly interested in locating a mask that they believe was worn by the attacker. They say that the mask has possibly been discarded, and has not been recovered.

A vigil was held by the community in Ballybough on Monday night to show support for Paddy and his family following the assault. The former scaffolder remains in the Mater Hospital in critical condition.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette following the vigil, Cllr Nial Ring said: “It’s very emotional. The Hansard family have been in the area for generations, and everyone knows someone in the family. Paddy worked for over 40 years as a scaffolder and was enjoying his retirement, he was so embedded in the area.

“The assault has definitely struck a chord with people in Ballybough, but the vigil was a community response with care. People are showing so much good will to his family, and so much support.”

Gardai have said that you have seen this mask or anything matching its description please contact the incident room at Mountjoy Garda Station 01-666 8600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.