Teenager knifed in notorious city park
A 17-YEAR-OLD is recovering from serious knife wounds following the latest incident in a city park that has become notorious for violent attacks.
Local residents are demanding action following the stabbing in Fairview Park in north Dublin.
The teenager was rushed to the Mater hospital after he was stabbed in broad daylight on Tuesday evening during rush hour.
He had been walking through the park with two other people when he was stabbed in the neck with a penknife following an altercation.
Fairview Park and its surrounds have become synonymous with violent crime over the years.
The park is situated just a few hundred metres from the Players' Lounge pub in Fairview where three men were shot in a gangland attack at the end of last month. It is also the spot where Italian student Guido Nasi (27) was left paraplegic after he was viciously beaten in 1999.
Locals from the surrounding Marino and Fairview areas have complained that the local playground is a central point for youths to gather.
Labour councillor Aodhan O Riordain said the problems associated with the park were ongoing.
"There has been quite a number of incidents going back over the last number of months and the last number of years," he said.
The park first came to national attention almost 30 years ago when a gay man, Declan Flynn, was beaten to death at the hands of a gang of five teenagers.
And in 1999, Guido Nasi was just 17 years old when he was attacked in the park after he confronted a group whom he thought had stolen his wallet.