Law of the blade crosses Ireland's social divide
Violence can happe in crowds of young people but the reasons can be different
Only by chance was Reece Cullen the first and not the second, third or fourth victim of a fatal stabbing this early in the year.
The first victim of 2017 was a 17-year-old who was stabbed in 'posh' Dalkey in the early hours of New Year's Day. He was "very lucky" to survive, emergency services said.
It is understood a short- bladed Swiss Army-type blade was used in the attack, causing wounds in the jugular area, and the victim survived only because of prompt medical attention, followed by trauma treatment and surgery.