By David Raleigh
Gardaí said they are “following a definite line of enquiry” after a man sustained “apparent” stab wounds while socialising inside a pub in Limerick last night.
According to local sources, a man charged into the North Star pub, Thomondgate, and stabbed the victim a number of times in the chest before fleeing.
Gardaí are now hunting for the attacker who fled the pub immediately after.
“Gardaí in Henry St are investigating an assault incident that occurred at a public house in Thomondgate at approximately 8.45pm, the 21st August 2018,” a Garda spokesman said.
“A man in his late 30s received apparent stab wounds and was brought to University Hospital Limerick.”
“His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.”
Gardaí added “no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing”.
The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics before he was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment.
A second man - who Gardaí believe had tried to come to the victim’s aid - sustained a minor stab injury, and was also taken by ambulance to UHL.
Garda sources believe the incident arose out of an argument between parties closely associated with one another.
Superintendent Derek Smart, Henry Street Garda station, who is leading the investigation, said he was not commenting on information from reliable sources that the victim was stabbed.
“We are investigating an incident in the North Star bar. Two men were injured and have been taken to hospital by ambulance,” Supt Smart said.
“The pub is closed and is sealed off and is being treated as a crime scene pending a technical examination,” Supt Smart added.
Gardaí are canvassing CCTV from the pub and surrounding area as part of their investigation, he said.
It is understood there were a number of patrons in the pub when the incident occurred.
“We are following a definite line of inquiry,” a Garda source said.
In a separate and unrelated incident, a man in his 20s is fighting for his life after he was reportedly stabbed in the head at a house in Caherdavin, in Limerick, in the early hours of Monday morning last.
The man is said to be in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital.
A second man who suffered stab wounds in the same incident, is being treated for less serious injuries at University Hospital Limerick, Gardai said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayorstone Garda station on 061-456980.