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Swiss tourist may lose eye after brutal Temple Bar attack

It is unclear if a weapon was used in the attack, but the man received very serious facial injuries

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Conor FeehanIndependent.ie

A tourist who was attacked in Dublin’s Temple Bar on Friday night may lose an eye, it is feared.

The man, who is a Swiss national, had been visiting Dublin and was with a woman companion when the attack happened in the Fownes Street area at around 9.50pm.

It is understood the man, who is in his 40s, and the woman, had been in a fast-food restaurant in the area before the brutal assault, and that there may have been a verbal row with a group of younger men.

But after the couple left the man was attacked a short distance away.

It is unclear if a weapon was used in the attack, but the man received very serious facial injuries and could lose the sight in one eye, and possibly the eye.

He was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel before being taken to St James’ Hospital.

While his injuries are very serious, they are not life-threatening.

Gardaí from Pearse Street are asking for anyone who has information or footage of this incident to contact them.

CCTV from the fast-food outlet and in the Temple Bar area is being collected and reviewed as part of the garda investigation into the incident.

Anyone with information can contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 666 9000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 11 or any Garda Station.


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