A man was fighting for his life in hospital last night after he was stabbed in the neck during a row on the northside of Cork City.
This is the fourth stabbing incident in the city in the past three weeks.
Gardaí believe the latest stabbing victim was attacked by another man following a dispute in a laneway at Hollyhill.
The 30-year-old was stabbed sometime between 5pm and 5.10pm on what is known locally as “Hollyhill Lane”, which runs adjacent to the Catholic church.
Gardaí were alerted by a number of 999 calls from concerned members of the public and were quickly on the scene.
The man was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was transferred to the intensive care unit, where he was said to be in a critical condition.
Supt Con Cadogan, who is leading the investigation, said the victim was a single man who lived in nearby Knocknaheeny.
Gardaí sealed off the 200m-long laneway as forensic experts carried out a detailed examination of the scene. Meanwhile, gardaí started house-to-house inquiries in the area.
Supt Cadogan said it was too early to say what the motive for the stabbing was.
He said gardaí were also studying CCTV footage taken in the area to identify the attacker.
Supt Cadogan said gardaí would not issue a description of the attacker until they had seen the CCTV footage and spoken to witnesses.
A large crowd gathered last night at the scene, which was visited by senior gardaí, including Chief Superintendent Michael Finn, who is in charge of policing the Cork City Garda Division.
Supt Cadogan said gardaí in Gurranabraher were appealing to anybody in the area at the time to contact them.
“There would have been a lot of people passing by there,” he said. “People were coming home from work and we’re appealing for them to come forward if they saw or heard anything suspicious.”
* Gurranabraher Garda Station: 021 4940200.
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