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18-year-old Kym Owens has left hospital, where she has been recovering from horrific injuries after an attack in November. 

The student has returned to her family home to continue her recovery. 

The teenager from Castleblayney was making her way to her accommodation in the Moyglare Abbey estate in Maynooth when she was seriously assaulted.

Kym was taken to hospital and was later placed in an induced coma while being treated for severe head injuries, including broken eye sockets, a broken nose and a broken jaw.

The investigation is still underway, and Gardaí are still searching for potential suspects.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact the incident room at Leixlip Garda Station on 016667800, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.



It's been almost two months since a critically-injured Kym Owens was discovered in a housing estate in Maynooth, and her family have not given up hope that those responsible for her injuries will be brought to justice.

Speaking to Sean O'Rourke on RTÉ, Kym's uncle, Thomas McNee, urged the public to come forward with any information they may have pertaining to the 18-year-old's assault last November.

Opening up about the impact the incident has had on Kym's family, Thomas said: "It's been very tough and trying on the family. They've been at her bedside every day."

"The family's lives have been turned upside down in a heartbeat. They're a good, ordinary family and their lives have just come to a complete standstill."

Kym, who is still in a medically-induced coma, sustained two broken eye sockets, a fractured jaw, and a broken nose in the attack which was carried out on November 20 last year.

Paying tribute to the first-year Arts student, Thomas told listeners: "She's a fun and bubbly person who loved her sport. She played football here and she went to school here in Castleblayney."

While Gardaí have been conducting an extensive investigation into the case, Thomas reminded the public that their assistance is of the utmost importance.

"Examine your conscious. It could be your daughter or sister in that hospital," Thomas said.

"So if you know anything please take a leap of faith and go to the Gardai and tell them what you know. Even the smallest piece of information can make a breakthrough."

Fundraising events have been held in both Maynooth and Kym's native Castleblayney over the course of the last seven weeks.



According to emerging reports, Gardaí investigating the case of Kym Owens are now trying to establish if the student may have suffered her injuries in a fall.

The 18-year-old remains in critical condition after sustaining multiple severe head injuries as she walked to her student accommodation on November 20.

Gardai believe that the injuries were the result of a serious assault, but medical examinations of the teen's injuries now suggest that they could be consistent with a fall, according to The Irish Times.

After launching an investigation into the incident, Gardaí took more than 200 statements, and it was recently confirmed that three women are currently under investigation.

"Three young females are being investigated for the attack, and it is hoped that they will be interviewed in the coming days," a source revealed.

The Gardai are urging anyone with any information to please come forward, as an assault is still believed to be the primary cause of the injuries.



According to emerging reports, three young women are currently under investigation following the brutal attack on 18-year-old Castleblayney woman, Kym Owens, in Co Kildare last month.

Kim, who is a first year student in NUI Maynooth, was making her way to her digs in the Moyglare Abbey estate when she was assaulted on November 20.

Launching an investigation into the shocking incident, Gardaí took more than 200 statements, and it has been confirmed that three women are currently under investigation.

"Three young females are being investigated for the attack, and it is hoped that they will be interviewed in the coming days," a source revealed.

Urging the public to come forward with any information they may have, a senior officer reinforced the importance of the appeal.

"They can come back to Gardaí in full confidence, they will not be in trouble or anything like that. Their information could be crucial," he said.

Kym, who is currently receiving treatment in James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, sustained sever injuries during the assault including broken eye sockets, a broken jaw and a broken nose.




The university town of Maynooth was left stunned this week after a first year Arts student was brutally assaulted in a quiet residential area just minutes after alighting a bus in the town centre.

18-year-old Kym Owens from Castleblayney sustained serious injuries during the attack which took place shortly after 8pm last Sunday evening in the town's Moyglare Abbey estate.

Reacting to the news of the young woman's assault, Ian Marten from Dublin established a gofundme page in order to help Kym and her family during the teen's recovery process.

And it has, thus far, quadrupled its goal, having reached €4,195 in just three days.

Commenting on his decision to reach out to Kym and her family, Iam explained: "I work in Maynooth as a carpenter and I see so many students here."

"I have a wee girl myself, she's 12. I just felt so bad for her and it was an absolutely horrible thing that happened."

Ian, who states he is no relation to Kym on the fundraising page, simply felt he needed to help in some way, saying: "I lost everything two years ago, I had depression and all the rest of it, so I know what it's like when it's hard."

"That's all it was, just an act of kindness in the sh***y world we live in," he said.

Like countless others, Ian was stunned by the random attack last weekend, and wanted to provide an outlet for people to help the Owen family if they felt inclined.

"I don't even know the girl or her family. Up until this morning I didn't even know her name," he said. "I think this just struck a chord with everybody."

Members of the public have the option of leaving a message alongside their donation, with some taking the opportunity to share their thoughts with the family.

"It's a disgrace that one human can do this to another," wrote one. "I hope you make a full recovery, find out who's responsible and also be able move on with your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Kym is currently receiving medical treatment in Blanchardstown Hospital.