Dublin man hospitalised following vicious hammer attack
A Dublin man was left with horrific facial injuries after a brutal hammer attack in the capital.
The man (20) was hospitalised after a shocking incident in a housing estate in north Dublin which unfolded shortly before midnight on Thursday.
Two attackers chased the man into a house at Edenmore Crescent, in Raheny, Dublin 5, before inflicting serious injuries on him.
He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital for treatment.
No arrests have been made but gardai are following a definite line of enquiry.
The violent assault is thought to be linked to a low-level feud between rival gangs in the area.
One group is from Ayrfield while the other is from Edenmore and a number of youths who are believed to be involved in the feud are being monitored by gardai.
In what has been labelled a "simmering conflict", a number of violent incidents have played out in the locality recently.
Around 60 young men, mostly aged between 18 and 35, are involved in the dispute.
Weapons, including swords and knives, have been hidden at "discreet locations" in the Edenmore estate as a result of the ongoing tensions.
Sources said the rival Ayrfield faction has been driving into the Edenmore estate on a weekly basis "in convoy with a view to taking out the opposite side".
While no shooting incidents have been linked to the tensions, sources have reported a number of serious assaults and stabbings.
The feud appears very localised and is linked to low-level drug dealing in the area.
"The nature of this feud is unique to its own small area," said a source.
"What has been happening a lot is that small-level drug dealers from both sides are being ripped-off by each other.
"Meetings are being set up, drugs are being stolen. Fellas are being beaten up."
Sources previously told the Herald a prominent grouping in the Edenmore faction are a crime-based family.
The family are suspected of being behind a string of crimes in the locality, including armed robbery.
They were also the subject of garda drugs raids last May.
Meanwhile, on the opposing side, much of the power is in the hands of a Coolock drug dealer aged in his late 20s.
This up-and-coming criminal had close links to the late gangster Patrick 'Dutchy' Holland.
Holland was named during one court case as having pulled the trigger in the shooting of journalist Veronica Guerin 20 years ago.