Updated: 01/09/17 : 06:12:11
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Lab technician suffered brutal Sligo homophobic attack

Gardai are investigating an incident after a man reported that he was bitten on the nose during a brutal attack in a Sligo pub.

The unprovoked attack happened in Kilgallens pub on The Mall when Gary Daly was on a date with a west Sligo man earlier this month when he was set upon by a group of up to 10 thugs.

The lab technician recalled how someone shouted: "Are those two gays kissing?", before a man asked him to leave the bar.

But the 32-year-old told him: "We have the same rights as anyone else to be here."

Recalling what happened next, Mr Daly said: “He left and returned with a bunch of guys, between eight or ten, and started getting hostile towards us again.

“He caught me a cheap shot head-butt to the side of my face out of the blue and then they began punching and kicking us.

“We tried to defend ourselves. I was able to subdue one of them, but then one of the other guys threw me down a flight of stairs into the beer garden.

He told the Irish Mirror and the Irish Sun: “They then continued punching and beat us and started using the garden furniture to hit us and threw it at us."

The fight was eventually broken up but the pair were set upon again some time later.


Mr Daly, from Co Meath, said: “One of them came over and bit me on the nose. Another one had grabbed my friend by the head and bounced it off the bar.

“As they were leaving the guy who bit me on the nose said ‘I am not into that s***’.”

He said the attackers were aged in their late teens to mid-twenties.

As a result of the bite, Gary, who now lives in Longford, had to receive a Hepatitis B shot, and will require two additional shots in the near future.

He was also left with a scar from the teeth marks.

Gary explained how he informed the attackers, believed to be in their late teens to mid-twenties, that the entire incident in the early hours of Saturday, August 5, was caught on camera — but that they did not care a bit.

His friend has bruises and cuts ­covering his face and could not eat as his jaw was so badly damaged.

He also admitted he would think twice about kissing another man in public again.

Gardai in Sligo are continuing the investigation.