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Two arrested in connection with knife attack and blaze

Ciaran Murphy
Ciaran Murphy

Gardai this morning arrested two males aged 27 and 17, in connection with a horrific stabbing and fire at a remote house in Offally.

The victim, 24-year-old Ciaran Murphy, was reportedly beaten and stabbed at the house in the townland of Coolcor outside Rhode last month.

The house Mr Murphy was staying in was also set on fire.

Up to 90pc of the 24-year-old's body is understood to have been burned in the vicious attack.

The house where the brutal attack occurred in Offally

The scene

At the time of the attack, Mr Murphy was believed to have escaped the house and was found by a passer-by at the rear of the secluded property.

This passer-by then raised the alarm.

Gardai say the victim was rushed to Tullamore Hospital but then transferred to St James Hospital in Dublin.

Both men were Both persons were arrested in Co Westmeath and Co Offaly and are detained at Tullamore and Mullingar Garda Stations.