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Clare native hospitalized after Yonkers tongue bite

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Pierce O’Reilly

Police in Yonkers are still investigating a bizarre assault that left a young Irish immigrant in hospital for five days last week. Tomas Kirwan, 26, from Kilkee, Co. Clare, received serious lacerations to his tongue after he was bitten by a "unidentified white female."

The two had made acquaintance a few hours earlier while socializing in several Irish bars along the Bronx-Yonkers border.

The assault occurred when the two returned to Kirwan’s apartment on McLean Avenue in the early hours of Sunday, March 4. Police say it’s a mystery what happened next, but Kirwan was rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital in Yonkers a short time later with serious injuries to his tongue and was bleeding badly, according to Police. He was operated on immediately.

A man who visited Kirwan in hospital the following day described his injuries as gruesome.

"His tongue was practically hanging off," the man said. "He received a lot of stitches and his face is badly swollen."

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Kirwan, who had being drinking, told police that he doesn’t known the identity of his attacker. Residents in the popular Irish neighborhood told the Echo this week that a similar incident occurred not so long ago.

Yonkers Police have interviewed a number of people in relation to the incident and have visited several Irish bars in the area in an attempt to identify the attacker.

"The case in under investigation," a spokesperson from the 3rd Precinct said.

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