TEMPLE Bar is supposed to be the capital's cultural quarter, a part of the city to showcase the best of what Dublin has to offer tourists.
The shocking events there on Saturday night that saw four men get stabbed or glassed are unfortunately another shameful example of what we don't want visitors to our city to experience.
One of the men - believed to be a tourist himself - was stabbed in the face in a sickening act of violence that has left him in a critical condition.
It can only be hoped that he will make a full recovery.
There are many positive aspects to the Temple Bar project.
It is an area where the arts have flourished over the past two decades and it is an undoubted draw for visitors.
However, all too often it is the scene of drink-fuelled chaos.
The gardai do their best to patrol the area, though there is only so much they can do while the real problem - the out-of-control drinking culture among some people in Irish society - goes unaddressed.
FOR more than a month, Commander Pearse O'Donnell and his crew on the LE Eithne have been patrolling the Mediterranean as part of the European response to the refugee crisis on the continent's southern flank.
Thousands of desperate migrants have drowned while fleeing poverty and wars in Africa and the Middle East.
But so far - thanks to the efforts of our heroic Naval Service personnel - more than 2,500 of some of the world's most unfortunate people have not suffered the same terrible fate.
The LE Eithne is continuing its mission until next month when another Irish vessel will be sent to replace her.
The Naval Service's participation in Operation Triton has been a credit to their dedication and expertise.
They will no doubt continue to do the country proud as they continue to save lives in the coming weeks.