The men, aged 18 and 19, were released around midnight yesterday after being questioned throughout Tuesday in connection with the sexual assault of a young woman in the grounds of a city church, and an earlier aggravated assault on another woman near a city hospital last month.
Gardaí launched a major investigation after a woman in her 30s was attacked in the Dennehy’s Cross area by two men at about 3am on Saturday.
Gardaí believe the woman had walked from the city centre and was followed by two men along the Western Road to Dennehy’s Cross.
One man pushed her into the Wilton Road entrance to the grounds of the Church of the Holy Spirit, where a second man was waiting.
They subjected her to a serious sexual assault. One man attempted to rape her but they ran in the direction of the Model Farm Road when she retrieved her mobile phone and dialled emergency services.
As part of the investigation, detectives under Superintendent Charlie Barry trawled through hours of CCTV footage and identified two suspects in the Dennehy’s Cross attack.
However, they believe the men involved in this incident were also responsible for an aggravated assault on another woman near the city centre earlier.
This woman, who is in her 30s, was followed by two men along Dyke Parade and attacked near the Mercy University Hospital.
One man ran up behind her and smashed a bottle over her head.
A passerby saw the incident and the attackers fled on foot. The woman was treated at the hospital for a head injury.
Detectives investigating the Dennehy’s Cross attack finally swooped on two addresses in North Cork at about 7.30am on Tuesday.
They arrested a 19-year-old man, who was brought to Togher Garda Station for questioning.
A number of items which were recovered from the addresses where the men were arrested will now be subject to detailed forensic examination.