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tragic loss Tributes pour in for talented teen (16) killed in north Dublin stabbing

Emergency services attended the scene on the East Road, East Wall, in the north-inner city after receiving reports of an assault.

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Josh Dunne.

Josh Dunne.

Josh Dunne.

Tributes have poured in for a teenage boy who died after a stabbing incident in north Dublin last night.

The 16-year-old, named locally as Josh Dunne, passed away in hospital after suffering serious injuries in an assualt which occurred on the East Road, East Wall, in the north-inner city last night.

It is understood Josh played football for a number of teams in Dublin including Tolka AFC and Bohemians underage.

In a tribute, Bohemian's football club wrote: "Everyone at Bohemians is devastated to learn of the death of Bohs-SKB player Josh Dunne in tragic circumstances.

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Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

"Josh was a talented young footballer who will be sadly missed by former team-mates and coaches.

"We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Tolka Rovers football club said: "We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Josh Dunne. It was a privilege to have him play for Tolka Rovers FC and to watch him play football under the guidance of Coco, Kev and James.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. Rest in Peace Josh."

Scottish premiership side Dundee United, where the teenager was on trial last year, also paid tribute to him.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Josh Dunne.

“Josh was a trialist with our Foyle Cup & Super Cup squads in 2019 where he was warmly welcomed & respected by players & staff.

“Our thoughts & best wishes are with his family & friends.”

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Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne

North Dublin schoolboy club St Kevin’s Boys said: “It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the sudden and untimely death of one of our players Josh Dunne last night. On speaking to Josh's Manager’s Mark, Gerry, Peter and all the lads from his team they are all devastated to hear the sad news."

Heartbroken friends and family have also paid tribute to Josh on social media, with one person writing: "Rest easy josh [sig] sending my prayers to the dunne family."

"I'm absolutely gobsmacked. way too young, thoughts and prayers are with all of the Dunne family," another wrote.

Emergency services attended the scene after gardai were alerted at around 9.20pm.

The two casualties were transferred to the nearby Mater Hospital, with one of them said to be in a critical condition.

Josh Dunne was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí said a third male has presented to the Mater Hospital to be treated for injuries.

At this stage gardaí are investigating if the youths were involved in a confrontation with a delivery driver prior to the alleged assault.

The scene, which was sealed off by gardai and examined by members of the garda technical bureau this morning, is a long stretch of pavement on the East Wall Road, a busy stretch of road that links the north city to the Docklands area.

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Flowers left at the scene on East Wall Road

Flowers left at the scene on East Wall Road

Flowers left at the scene on East Wall Road

Local Councillor Nial Ring said little is known about the circumstances that led to the stabbings.

“In all the speculation we have to be mindful that there’s a 16-year-old lad deceased. I was here last night after getting a lot of phone calls that there had been an incident in East Wall,” he said.

“It’s a close-knit quiet community and to have this visited upon them is very shocking for a lot of people. The gardai have been down here looking for anyone who has information and I think that’s the main thing - to try and piece together what happened,” he added.

“Ultimately what happened was a young boy of 16 years of age has died. That is the tragedy. That is what people are genuinely in shock about,” said Cllr Ring.

A Garda spokesman said officers continue to investigate all the circumstances of a fatal assault and associated incidents which occurred on East Wall Road, East Wall.

"At approximately 09:20pm, Gardaí received report of a public order incident occurring on East Road, East Wall.

"Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene and two juvenile males were taken to the Mater Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

"One of the juvenile males has subsequently been pronounced dead in the Mater Hospital.

"A post mortem will be carried out on this male this afternoon, 27 January 2021 at the City Morgue by Dr Heidi Okkers, Locum Assistant State Pathologist.

"A family Liaison Officer has been appointed to and continues to liaise with the family.

"The two males (an adult and a juvenile) remain in Hospital receiving medical attention.

"Gardaí continue to appeal for anyone who was in the East Wall Road/ East Road, Dublin 3 area between 9:00pm and 9:40pm to speak with investigating Gardaí.

"Gardaí are appealing for any person with video footage (mobile phone, dashcam footage or other video) to contact investigating Gardaí at Store Street Garda Station on 01 666 8000, the Garda Confidential Phone Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."

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