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It was like a war zone, says mum of knifed teen

THE mum of a young GAA player who was stabbed in an unprovoked attack at the Phoenix Park concert has revealed the horror her son endured.

Wayne Flanagan (19) is the son of Westmeath manager Pat Flanagan and suffered serious stab wounds in his back.

His mother Linda revealed that the concert was the first gig her youngest son had attended.

"He went to the toilet at the end of the night and a fella started on him," she said.

The next thing he knew he was in a fight. He managed to get away but a girl saw blood coming from his back, he didn't even know he was stabbed," she added.

According to Ms Flanagan, the hospital was like a "war zone" with young people being treated for injuries.

"We are so thankful he's going to be okay and my heart goes out to parents of other people who were viciously attacked," she said.

"It was like a war zone - young people in wellies covered in muck and blood and crying on their phones, I've seen anything like it."

Wayne is well-known in Co Offaly and plays for Clara GAA Club.

A spokesperson for the club told the Herald: "We wish Wayne a speedy recovery. The whole club is in shock and we are just hopeful he recovers as soon as possible from this dreadful ordeal."

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