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Monday 16 December 2019

Slashed in the face: Teen tells of Oxegen horror knife attack

19-year-old Oisin O'Connor shows the 29 stitches he needed after he was slashed in the face
19-year-old Oisin O'Connor shows the 29 stitches he needed after he was slashed in the face
Oisin also received stitches to a wound on his hand

Tom Brady and David Whelan

A Wexford teen has told how he was slashed with a knife after being set upon by a group of young men in the campsite at the Oxegen music festival.

Oisin O'Connor (19) said that he and his friends had been sitting outside their tent chatting when they were approached by "a young Dublin lad" looking to buy drugs.

"One of my friends told him to go away and he did. But the next thing, about 20 lads came back and they started kicking and punching us. There was a fight and then a young lad started slashing us," he said.

Gardai said last night that paramedics and security personnel were quickly at the scene and took Mr O'Connor to Tallaght Hospital. Four other victims were treated at the site.


Yesterday Mr O'Connor returned to his home in Crossabeg, Co Wexford, after being released from hospital on Saturday evening, where he received 29 stitches to his face and hand.

"I thought I was going to die. It was the worst experience of my life, but I was relieved when they told me I was not cut in an artery," he said.

More than 200 gardai were present at the Punchestown venue each day and security was visibly increased after the incident. A garda spokesman said that there had been no arrests made yet.

Officers said there was a dense fog in Punchestown when the stabbings took place early on Saturday morning in one of the three festival campsites.

But a crime scene was established and gardai recovered a pen-knife, which they believe was used in the attacks.

Officers said they were making some progress with their inquiries.

Senior officers praised the fans for their overall good behaviour and co-operation.

One officer said: "Almost everybody seemed to have had a marvellous time and the fans were in great humour with lots of barbecues around the festival campsites."

And between 10am on Thursday and 6am yesterday, there were 1,450 drivers breath tested at mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints, leading to the arrest of 15 people for suspected drink driving offences.

Gardai said the park and ride facilities had proven very successful and there had been no significant traffic congestion in Punchestown or at nearby Naas.

Irish Independent

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