A MAN was viciously attacked by a gang of up to nine men on Dublin's College Green.
The victim was hospitalised with a broken nose and other injuries to his head and neck.
Gardai have appealed for information about the incident, which happened in the early hours of February 20 last.
They particularly want to speak to a woman who treated the man before the ambulance arrived.
The unprovoked attack happened between 3.30am and 4am as the man was walking with three friends on College Green. Gardai say he was set upon by "a group of eight to nine males".
He was "knocked to the ground where he received a number of blows to the head and neck", a spokesman added.
The man was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital for treatment but has since been released.
Gardai want anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward and also want to speak to a woman "who administered first aid to the injured man at the scene".
Investigators have issued descriptions of three of the assailants.
One of the men was 6ft 2in, 20 to 22 years of age and of medium build.
He has brown short curly/ wavy hair and was wearing a green/brown waist length jacket, blue jeans and black runners.
Another man was 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in, 20 to 22 years of age, and of a medium build.
He had black hair, a black moustache and a few days 'growth of a beard.
He wore a navy three quarter length zipped jacket, green striped check shirt, blue ripped jeans.
A third man was described as 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in, 20 to 21 years of age and having brown curly hair.
He was of medium build, and wore a white long sleeved top with the wording or partial wording 'Eagle Street' in blue writing.
He also wore dark jeans.
Anybody with any information can contact Pearse Street Garda Station at (01) 666-9000.