Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man dies, seven stabbed at Phoenix Park concert

DJs Axwell (L) and Steve Angelo of Swedish House Mafia perform. Photo: Getty Images

Gardai are seeking to identify a man in his early twenties who died after seeking medical attention at the Swedish House Mafia concert at the Phoenix Park in Dublin last night.

It is thought he died from a suspected drugs overdose.

A Garda spokesman said the man became ill and looked for medical attention from staff at about 7pm. He was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, where he was later pronounced dead.

"Gardai have not been able to identify this man and are asking family and friends to check that loved ones have arrived home safely from the event," the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, gardai said a minimum of seven men, all aged in their late teens or 20s, were stabbed between 8.30pm and 1am.

"A number of the victims required treatment at Connolly Hospital and three people continue to be treated at the hospital," he continued.

It is understood one of the men in his mid-20s was stabbed several times in the back.

A Garda spokesman said a 23-year-old man was arrested and is being detained at Blanchardstown garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

It is believed he may have been responsible for a number of the assaults.

Several other people were also arrested during the evening for minor public order and drugs offences.

The city centre park has hosted a series of concerts this week, including the Stone Roses on Thursday and Snow Patrol and Florence & The Machine tonight.

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