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Heroic Damien and Love/Hate's John Connors chase violent mugger


Damien Dempsey

Damien Dempsey

Love/Hate actor John Connors

Love/Hate actor John Connors


Damien Dempsey

Damien Dempsey is being hailed as a true superhero after he saved the day again by intervening in a mugging.

The singer-songwriter came to the aid of a woman in a restaurant in Fairview.

His heroic actions came just months before he saved the life of a young man in the River Slaney in Wexford in June.

It has now emerged that Damien and Love/Hate actor John Connors both came to the aid of Dubliner Joan Moore who was the victim of a violent mugging.

The beautician recalled that she was wearing a designer Guess bag in Hillbilly's restaurant when the incident occurred.

Ms Moore noticed a tall man watching her from his seat, perhaps eyeing up her bag.

"My bag looked expensive but it probably only had €5 in it," she told the Herald.

Ms Moore said that the tall man then grabbed her and pulled her out the door, trying to make a break for it with her handbag.

Joan fought back and the pair ended up on the ground.

"He was on top of me, growling into my face and screaming at me," she recalls.

"I did manage to fight him off by continuously kicking him."

Ms Moore said that she reacted instinctively to protect her belongings, particularly because the bag contained private information.

"I wasn't letting go of mine because I had my child's school documents in it," she said.

Ms Moore added that actor John Connors, who played pipe bomb maker Patrick in the hit RTE series, and Dempsey, who were both in the restaurant having a meal, saw the struggle and intervened.

The pair chased the man down the road accompanied by the security guard.

While Joan managed to kick the man off and hold on to her handbag, she said that the security guard was stabbed in the hand with a Stanley knife in the pursuit.

Joan, still in shock, asked the two heroes to walk her back to her car after the ordeal.

The 38-year-old was diagnosed with whiplash and was badly bruised after the attack, which happened in March.

According to Joan, the man is known to gardai and they are following it up.

It was only when the gardai identified Connors (24) and Dempsey (39) that the penny dropped.

"They said, 'Do you not know who that guy is? - he is off Love/Hate'," Joan said.

"I have met John since at a charity event. I just said thanks to him. Both of them were great they got up and ran after him and came back to mind me and that's something else.


"I would just like to say thanks very much to them both. I honestly don't think it would have ended the way it did if they weren't there.

"It makes me think twice about bringing a handbag and I'm always looking over my shoulder now when I'm out," she said.

In June this year, Dempsey used a sheet to pull a drowning man from the River Slaney in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, after he spotted two men in trouble on his way to a gig.

The shy star was featured on the roll of honour at the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2014 in October for his heroic actions.