A manhunt is underway for 4 men who attacked a 54 year old Offaly farmer.
Gardai are on high alert in the midlands RTE news reports after a violent attack of a 54 year old man in Offaly.
The four men with Munster accents are believed to have access to a high powered 4xc4 vehicle.
Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have been travelling on the N62 between Birr and Roscrea in the early hours of Saturday to speak with them.
The farmer was beaten with an iron bar after the four robbers broke into his home. He was later locked in a shed after the gang fled.