‘I’ve to be be like this for the rest of my life’ – anger of Alanna Quinn Idris at 4 years for man in attack that blinded her

Alanna Quinn Idris has said the jail term given to one of her attackers isn’t justified for the life she has lost.

The teenager was left blind in one eye after being hit in the face with an e-scooter saddle during a gang attack in Dublin over a year ago.

One of the males involved, Darragh Lyons (19), was today sentenced for his role in the incident which included punching Ms Quinn Idris in the face.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to causing her serious harm, assaulting her friend, and violent disorder at Ballyfermot Road on December 30, 2021.

Speaking after the court case, Ms Quinn Idris expressed her disappointment at the jail term given to Lyons, of Glenaulin in Chapelizod, Dublin 20.

Asked how she was feeling, she said: “Obviously not very good, being told today what happened to me and the life that I’ve lost is only worth four-and-a-half years, obviously isn’t the best thing to hear.

“I’ve to be like this now for the rest of my life and in four-and-a-half-years time he’ll be out and about. I don’t really feel like these consequences are justified considering how I have to be now for the rest of my life.”

Ms Quinn Idris, who was 17 at the time of the attack, was also asked about her victim impact statement, which Judge Martin Nolan said he was moved by.

“I feel it was pointless now really. He wasn’t really moved too much I think if that’s all that he was given,” she said.

Judge Nolan today described the assault as “premeditated” and “savage”, and said the teenage girl was attacked while trying to protect her friend, who was the “chief target” of the gang.

He said he did not believe that Lyons wanted the victim to suffer serious injuries, but added that he was involved and culpable by common design.

In mitigation, he took into account his lack of previous convictions, his cooperation, and his age, saying that young people do “irrational and stupid” things.

The judge said the maximum sentence for assault causing harm was life and that the State submitted that the sentence should be between ten and 14 years.

Judge Nolan said he believed the headline sentence was between eight and nine years and, taking everything into account, sentenced the defendant to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

Two other males are currently before the courts in relation to the assault, while the suspect who hit her with the weapon hasn’t been identified.

In her victim impact statement, Ms Quinn Idris said the “vicious and unnecessary” attack had destroyed both her confidence and her chance of having a normal life.

Ms Quinn Idris described how she now has to live the rest of her life disabled, and that the woman she was supposed to become “died that night”.

She added: “Sometimes I wish I never woke up from when I was hit with that object.”

Yesterday, prosecutor Edward Doocey BL took Garda Ciaran Murray, of Ballyfermot garda station, through the facts of the case.

The court heard that the two teenage victims alighted from a bus in Ballyfermot at 9.30pm on the night of the assault.

There was a brief verbal altercation between a male friend of Ms Quinn Idris and a male referred to as Suspect A, who later summoned three other teens to the area.

Ms Quinn Idris and her friend had walked to a friend’s house on Ballyfermot Road when they were approached by the gang.

Darragh Lyons, who had turned 18 that day, arrived at the scene on a bike and was the first to cross the road towards the victims.

He was also heard saying to Ms Quinn Idris’s friend: “Do you want a straightener?”

The teenage girl attempted to get in between her friend and the defendant, before shoving Lyons.

Gda Murray said the defendant retaliated by punching her in the face, causing her to fall backwards to the ground.

The court heard two other males, Suspect B and Suspect C, were attacking Mr O’Sullivan with a hurl and an e-scooter saddle while also punching and kicking him in the head.

Evidence was given that Alanna Quinn Idris had regained her footing and attempted to stop the attack.

She was subsequently hit in the face with the saddle by Suspect C with a “baseball style-swing”, knocking her unconscious immediately.

The court heard Lyons jumped over her as she lay prone on the ground and said “stab him lads” before continuing the assault on Ms Quinn Idris’s friend.

Her friend was struck eight times with the hurl, seven times with the saddle, and stabbed once, while the attack only ended after a minute when passing motorists intervened.

As a result of the incident, Alanna Quinn Idris lost vision in her right eye and will need a new eye for what Judge Nolan said were aesthetic purposes.

Dean Kelly SC, defending, said his client bears moral and criminal responsibility for what happened but did not inflict the “very serious injuries” on the victim.

Counsel also said that Darragh Lyons was not armed at any point during the incident and was asked to repeat his client’s apology to Ms Quinn Idris.

Get ahead of the day with the morning headlines at 7.30am and Fionnán Sheahan’s exclusive take on the day’s news every afternoon, with our free daily newsletter.

News Related


Lane puts Kerry en route to minor semi-final

Kildare 1-11   Stephen Barry reports from UPMC Nowlan Park PADDY LANE PAVED the way for Kerry to advance to the All-Ireland minor football semi-finals as they fended off Kildare’s ... Read more »

National Review editorial board: Impossible to read Trump indictment and ‘not be appalled’

National Review editorial board: Impossible to read Trump indictment and ‘not be appalled’ The editorial board for The National Review said one cannot read the allegations outlined in the federal ... Read more »

Iga Swiatek wins French Open women’s singles title with victory over Karolina Muchova

Iga Swiatek fought off a Karolina Muchova comeback to complete a hat-trick of French Open titles. The 22-year-old Pole cemented her status as the best female player in the world, ... Read more »

Wicklow scout leader makes urgent appeal for adult volunteers as group faces closure

Cill Mhantain County Commissioner Dermot Moore has made an urgent appeal for adult volunteers in a bid to save the 17th Wicklow Roundwood Scout Group from permanent closure. Mr Moore ... Read more »

Nine clean-ups in County Louth to celebrate World Ocean Day ‘23

Irish environmental programme Clean Coasts is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In honour of this milestone, over 300 groups in Ireland, including nice in County Louth, have registered to ... Read more »

Ancient tales and blacksmithery at Myth and Metal event

A very special one-day event will take place on Sunday June 25th called Myth & Metal; A day of Stories, Steel and Song at the Forge of the Smooth Road. ... Read more »

Only logical thinkers will be able to solve the mystery of the apple inside the bottle

Apple Riddles can be extremely testing and they encourage you to think, analyse and find out answers at the snap of a finger. They are also very rewarding if you ... Read more »

Ex-Ireland international David McGoldrick returns to boyhood club

David McGoldrick file pic . FORMER IRELAND international David McGoldrick has signed with Notts County on a two-year deal, the club have announced. The 35-year-old enjoyed an impressive season for ... Read more »

Ukraine security service says it intercepted call proving Russia destroyed Kakhovka dam

A satellite image shows the Nova Kakhovka Dam and hydroelectric plant after its collapse KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s domestic security service said on Friday it had intercepted a telephone call ... Read more »

Derry dispose of reigning champions Galway to book place in All-Ireland MFC semi-finals

Derry booked their place in the last four of the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship with victory over reigning champions Galway in a damp Carrick-on-Shannon. Derry made one change with Cathal ... Read more »

BBC Breakfast backlash as viewers slam 'desperate' Weymouth Beach coverage

During their news coverage, the BBC show discussed the ongoing smell which is bothering some Weymouth residents due to the build-up of seaweed. The seaweed along the seafront has been ... Read more »

Ciara Kelly: Like Una Healy’s alleged ‘throuple’, it’s easy to fall into a relationship you didn’t intend

Gossip columns were aflame with excitement when Una Healy of The Saturdays along with ex-boxer David Haye and model Sian Osborne ‘went public as a throuple’ (a romantic relationship involving ... Read more »

Second half majors help send Kerry minors to All-Ireland semi-final as Paddy Lane scores 1-7 against Kildare

ALL-IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL Kerry 2-13 Kildare 1-11 Some free advice for Wayne Quillinan: book a suite in a Tralee hotel, rent a storage unit in Monavalley, bring the ... Read more »

Drama as 'four Royal guards faint' during rehearsal for King's Trooping the Colour

A member of the Grenadier Guards has been carried away after fainting during the Colonel’s Review at Horse Guards Parade in London on June 10 ahead of The King’s Birthday ... Read more »

Loving the limes! Rachel Allen has four gorgeous recipes that make this zesty citrus fruit sing

I adore the sharp, citrusy tang gorgeous green limes bring to the table. Whether they are zested and juiced to combine with fruit and perhaps a little honey and mint ... Read more »

Cork GAA great Teddy McCarthy laid to rest

Cork GAA great Teddy McCarthy laid to rest CORK GAA GREAT Teddy McCarthy has been laid to rest today following mass at St Joseph’s church in Glanmire, Co Cork. McCarthy ... Read more »

Harry delights air steward with surprise gift on flight back to Meghan, Archie and Lilibet

Prince Harry Air steward An attentive cabin crew member was left surprised after the Duke of Sussex gifted him with a copy of his tell-all memoir Spare on his flight ... Read more »

Bagnaia “started the panic” in rain threat in MotoGP Italian GP sprint

The MotoGP world champion extended his lead in the riders’ standings to four points by winning the Mugello sprint race, but had to overcome a threat of rain which disrupted ... Read more »

Trump's Former National Security Chief Says Ex-President Did 'Enormous Damage' To US, Republican Party

Trump’s Former National Security Chief Says Ex-President Did ‘Enormous Damage’ To US, Republican Party Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, said the former president did ‘enormous damage’ to the country ... Read more »

Man pushes partner's head down toilet after downing three litres of wine together

A balding man with a cigarette and a striped jumper An angry boyfriend pushed his partner’s head into the toilet after she threw a dirty loo brush at him during ... Read more »

'Their relationship fizzled out' Friends of Taylor Swift and Matty Healy are not surprised it's over

It was a match that no one saw coming and a split that certainly has taken us by surprise as it is to be believed that Taylor Swift and Matty ... Read more »

Rory McIIroy reacts to Phil Mickleson’s lastest LIV comments

Rory McIlroy LIV The war between Rory Mcllroy and Phil Mickelson continues as Mickelson commented again about playing for the LIV Tour, which Mcllroy didn’t let go. Mickelson bragged that ... Read more »

Britain's Got Talent voting figures revealed as winner Viggo Venn booed at final show

Britain’s Got Talent voting figures have been revealed, which shows winner Viggo Venn bagged the title with a clear advantage despite being booed. The popular ITV show came to an ... Read more »

Shamrock Rovers cruise to victory at Sligo

Rovers stay top. Shamrock Rovers 3 Jessica Farry reports from The Showgrounds SHAMROCK ROVERS CONTINUE to lead the way at the table after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers ... Read more »

Prince Andrew laughs as he gets stuck behind an 'oblivious' dog walker

andrew Prince Andrew was on a drive around when he appeared to get stuck behind a dog walker, who was clearly “oblivious” that she was blocking the Duke of York ... Read more »

Humans may only have two years before AI systems become too powerful to control, Sunak’s tech chief warns

The human race may only have two years left to tame advanced artificial intelligence systems before they become too powerful to control, Rishi Sunak’s chief adviser on the technology has ... Read more »

Apple announces iOS 17

iOS 17 is official. Apple’s iOS 17 is official, making its debut on WWDC 2023’s keynote stage. Highlights include redesigned contact cards and live voicemail. Your contact book is getting ... Read more »

Nearly 16,000 Ukrainian pupils signed up in Irish schools as Ireland has one of highest rates of enrolment

The number of Ukrainian pupils in Irish schools continues to rise, with 15,589 enrolled last month. In Europe, Ireland has one of the highest rates of enrolment for students who ... Read more »

Dannii Minogue to ‘play Cupid again’ on new BBC Three show I Kissed A Girl

Dannii Minogue will be “playing Cupid again” as host of new BBC Three dating show I Kissed A Girl. The Australian singer, sister of Kylie, announced the opening of applications ... Read more »

An internal Twitter document reportedly shows ad revenue down 59%, casting doubt on Elon Musk's statement that 'almost all advertisers have come back'

Advertising revenue is down at Twitter, according to internal documents obtained by The New York Times. Susan Walsh/AP Internal Twitter documents show the platform’s ad revenue down 59% year-over-year, The ... Read more »
Kênh kiến thức kỹ năng, phát triển bản thân, hướng nghiệp, blog nhân sự