THE father of a man who was stabbed in a vicious attack has spoken of the family's relief that his son is still alive.
Terence Murray (56) was attacked on Patrick's Street, in Dundalk, Co Louth, after he refused to hand over money to three men at around 6.30pm on Saturday.
Mr Murray, a father of two, had just returned from a funeral and had planned to visit a local pub with friends.
He was sitting in his grey Renault car when he was approached by the men, one of whom got into the car and allegedly stabbed him after he refused their demands.
He managed to get to a local pub and raise the alarm before he left and collapsed outside a bookmakers nearby.
"He's still alive, that's the main thing," his father Thomas, speaking at the family home in Marian Park, Dundalk, told the Irish Independent.
"He'll be alright. He put up his hand to defend himself and injured his fingers, he has to go to Dublin for surgery".
Mr Murray was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for treatment to wounds on his face, hands, arms and neck. He will be transferred to St James's Hospital in Dublin today.
Although he will have to undergo plastic surgery on his hands, his wounds were not life threatening. His wife Josie was with him in the hospital last night.
The attack is the second violent assault to hit the family. Mr Murray`s mother was murdered more than 20 years ago.
The men who attacked Mr Murray fled in the direction of nearby De la Salle Crescent. The weapon used in the attack has not been recovered.
There was a heavy garda presence in the area following the incident, including members of the Emergency Response Unit. The area was closed off for around four hours.
Investigating officers will study CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the assailants. They have urged anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them at Dundalk garda station on 042-9388400, the garda confidential line on 1-800-666-111 or at any garda station.