American woman assaulted in Kerry thanks public for support after terrible experience

The American tourist has also urged the public to help Gardaí catch her attacker.

He has also urged the public to assist Gardaí with their investigations following his ordeal, which has left him with wounds that will take some time to heal.

Andrea Bartlett was on holiday in Killarney to celebrate her 54th wedding anniversary and visit the town where her ancestors emigrated from in the 19th century.

On the night of Monday, April 22, she was returning to the Bed and Breakfast when she was attacked on Port Road in Killarney and robbed. She was also seriously injured.

“It happened in the blink of an eye. The thief threw me to the pavement and, in the process of stealing my bag, he caused a head injury and broke my right arm.

“It is a very serious and painful injury and will take months to heal,” he stated in his letter.

Mrs Bartlett would also like to thank the people of Killarney for the wonderful support she and her husband received following the terrible and upsetting experience.

“I want to thank everyone who helped my husband and me on this terrible night. They were incredible,” she said.

A good Samaritan driving along Port Road used her car to avoid being hit by traffic and was one of the first to come to her aid.

“People from neighboring houses called the police and an ambulance and they provided help. A resident brought blankets, pillows and hot water bottles,” she said.

He also praised the support of the emergency services.

“The ambulance drivers gave me painkillers and looked after me very well on the way to Tralee hospital.

He also expressed gratitude to the owners of the cabin they were staying at on Port Road for canceling their remaining reservations and arranging for them to return to the United States, where he is now recovering.

Ms Bartlett sent her letter through Cllr Marie Moloney, who supported her after the incident.

Mrs Bartlett has urged the public to help catch the person responsible.

“I hope that if anyone has information about this attacker, they report it to the police. It could stop him from doing it to someone else again,” Ms Bartlett added.

Cllr Moloney (Labour) also made the same call saying anyone with information should come forward and help find out who did this.

He also said he wishes Andrea and her husband the best. She said the whole town is thinking about them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064-6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.