Two men stabbed on Christmas Eve, third is critical after 'fall'
Two men aged in their 20s were injured in separate stabb ings in Dublin late on Christmas Eve.
The first was in an area known as The Metals, in Dalkey. The victim, who is in his 20s, was stabbed at least once in the attack.
However, sources said his condition improved on Christmas Day. It is believed he has since been discharged after successful treatment for his injuries.
Gardai in Dun Laoghaire launched an investigation and the area was sealed off for a period pending the arrival of members of the Garda Technical Bureau.
In the second incident, a man aged 23 was set upon during an argument at the junction of the North Circular Road and Fitzgibbon Street shortly before 11pm.
The victim, who is believed to be from Moldova and living in the north inner city, was later treated in the Mater Hospital.
It is believed his injuries were not life-threatening and he was later discharged.
Gardai at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating the attack.
The stabbings were only two of a number of serious incidents dealt with by gardai over the festive period.
In Waterford, a man was fighting for his life last night in what gardai believe was a fall on Christmas night.
The man, who is in his late 20s, was found unconscious on the pavement in St Margaret's Avenue.
He had serious head injuries that gardai believe he received after stumbling.
However, they have not ruled out the possibility that he was assaulted.
He was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Waterford, where he was described last night as being in a "critical condition".
He was found shortly after 8.30pm, and gardai are seeking witnesses or information from anyone who may have noticed anything in the area at or near that time.
"Officers are investigating all of the circumstances surr- ounding his injuries," a garda spokesman said.