Sunday 23 April 2017

Double stabbing at Hell Fire Club leaves two hospitalised

Gardaí at the the Hell Fire Club yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardaí at the the Hell Fire Club yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron

David Kearns and Allison Bray

Two men were being treated in hospital last night after they were stabbed in a remote area of south Dublin.

The violent incident took place at the Hell Fire Club in the Dublin Mountains yesterday afternoon.

Gardaí search for evidence. Pictures:Arthur Carron
Gardaí search for evidence. Pictures:Arthur Carron

Gardaí attended the scene after the alarm was raised at approximately 3.45pm.

Two of the men were brought to Tallaght Hospital, where their conditions last night remain unknown.

Gardaí from Rathfarnham Garda Station are investigating the incident, but there have been no arrests made so far.

The Hell Fire Club is the more commonly known name for Montpelier Hill, a popular walking spot in south County Dublin.

While investigations are at an early stage, it is believed the incident is not connected to any organised crime faction.

Officers are investigating if the injured men knew each other and were continuing to search for evidence in the area last night.

It was reported that the two victims were campers, but gardaí were unable to confirm this last night.

Local councillor Francis Duffy, who doesn't live far from the scene, said it was a very unusual incident to happen in the area. "The area is a popular spot for families and hikers but it wouldn't be the sort of area that would attract field drinkers or people taking drugs," he told the Irish Independent last night.

"You get all sorts of walkers that go up there but it's a long way to walk," added the Green Party councillor.

A spokesman for the Garda Press Office said gardaí are equally baffled as to what happened.

"We don't really know what went on," he said.

The Hell Fire Club is the name given to the ruin of a former hunting lodge, built around 1725 and situated at the summit of the 363 metre high Montpelier Hill.

Gardaí combed the area yesterday evening, including a wooded area, and removed several evidence bags from the scene.

Irish Independent

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