Gardai investigating a brutal attack on a homeowner who was stabbed after he discovered a burglar inside his home are reviewing CCTV footage in a bid to identify the assailant.
Kevin Cummins (68), a well-known businessman and a retired teacher, was recovering in hospital last night following the attack in his home on the Cross Douglas Road on Cork's southside.
Mr Cummins comes from a hugely successful GAA family, with his brother Ray Cummins a dual star who was named on the GAA hurling team of the decade, while his other brother, Brendan, is also an All-Ireland winner with Cork.
The businessman, whose family own a number of sports retail outlets across the city, arrived home from a shopping trip at around 4.30pm. He was shocked to discover a burglar inside the house,
The intruder immediately grappled with Mr Cummins, punching him in the head and then stabbing him in the lower back with a weapon believed to be either a knife or a screwdriver. The burglar, described as being in his late 20s or 30s, then left an injured Mr Cummins on the floor and fled the property with a number of items including a laptop computer and a valuable digital camera.
Despite his injuries, Mr Cummins was able to raise the alarm and units of gardai from Douglas and Togher garda stations raced to the scene. The businessman was taken to Cork University Hospital where he was treated for his wounds. He was in a comfortable condition last night with non-life threatening injuries. He will be kept for observation for 24 hours.
Douglas and Togher gardai have appealed for anyone with information to contact them. Gardai are also checking CCTV security camera footage from the area in a bid to trace the movements of the lone male involved. Councillor Des Cahill, who is on the local policing committee, said all in the community wished Mr Cummins well.
"Robberies are becoming increasingly violent but it is very rare you hear of one, in this particular area, that ends likes this," he told the Irish Independent.
Councillor Terry Shannon also said it was unusual for such a violent incident to occur in such a typically quiet area.
"It was a very busy time of day. There is the Christ the King girls secondary school with children who would be around at that time. It's quite worrying," he said.
"I don't know if it was opportunistic or targeted but it's shocking."