Man held over stabbing and assault on campers at Hell Fire Club
Published 29/06/2016 | 02:30
Three teenagers were hospitalised after an attack by an older man while camping near a 'haunted' site in the Dublin Mountains.
The unprovoked attack left two young men and a teenage woman requiring hospital treatment as a result of their injuries.
The incident happened on Monday afternoon when a group of people who were camping at the Hell Fire Club ruin on Montpelier Hill were set upon by a man in his 20s.
One youth received a knife wound, while his two friends received injuries consistent with an assault. All three were brought to Tallaght Hospital for treatment, but were discharged later that evening and are now recovering at home.
The family of the young man who received the knife injury declined to comment but were visibly shaken by the ordeal.
Gardaí are satisfied that the attacker arrived at the Hell Fire Club alone and was carrying the knife on him long before the attack took place.
"The three victims - whose injuries aren't too serious, thankfully - were innocent in all of this. They were camping, minding their own business when they came across this individual," the source said.
"The fact that this man was walking around with a knife in his possession indicates that this may have been a premeditated, albeit random, attack."
Gardaí last night continued to interview the 26-year-old man in relation to the attack. The suspect - from the Raheny area of Dublin - has a number of previous convictions for public order-related offences.
He was arrested on Monday evening in the Kilakee area of the Dublin Mountains, a short distance away from where the attack took place.
The Hell Fire Club has a sinister history that includes rumours of hauntings and an appearance by the devil himself. The building was built as a hunting lodge in around 1725 by William Conolly, a speaker at the Irish House of Commons.
Originally, there was a cairn with a prehistoric passage grave at the site and folklore suggests the Hell Fire Club is haunted because stones from the cairn were used in its construction.
Local superstition has it that if you walk around the building three times, you will see the devil.