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Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival via Facebook Marie Gauvin with her father in the Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival parade hours before the glass attack.
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Teen charged over blinding female emigrant with glass bottle in Birr
Marie Gauvin, a Birr native was visiting Ireland from Canada for The Gathering when she was hit by a glass, leaving her blind.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD boy was last night charged in connection with an incident that left a woman blind in one eye in an unprovoked attack.

The incident happened in Birr, Co Offaly on Sunday August 4. Marie Gauvin (58), a Birr native was visiting Ireland for The Gathering.

She was out for a walk at around 11pm in an area known as Keel’s Archway when a glass bottle was thrown hitting her in the right eye, leaving her blind and with a fractured eye socket.

She underwent surgery in Dublin and has since returned to Ontario, Canada where she has lived most of her life.

The teen is due to appear in court on August 19.