A man in his 20s was rushed to hospital last night after being stabbed during a row in Dublin city centre.
The incident happened at around 8pm in Talbot Street.
Witnesses described a man wearing a balaclava run up to the victim with “a machete” and then run off seconds later.
The assailant fled the scene in the direction of the Gardiner Street area.
“We were sitting down and we saw this guy with a balaclava running past us,” the witness told the Herald.
“There was a bit of an argument happening beforehand but the next thing it seemed that all hell broke loose.
“The guy with the machete ran off, and when I looked up there was a lot of people standing around and there was a good bit of blood around him.”
Another witness told how she helped the man who had been injured.
“I was just pressing my hand as hard as I could against his side, the woman that was with him was screaming,” the witness said.
A garda spokesperson said gardai were investigating an incident in which a man aged 23 was stabbed in Talbot Street. The victim was taken to the Mater Hospital.
No arrests have been made.