A family returning home from work were attacked by four thugs armed with baseball bats in a shocking incident in Tallaght.
Two women and two men all aged in their 20s and 30s were savagely assaulted in the front garden of their home in the Drumcairn Parade estate at 2am on Sunday.
It is suspected that their attackers lay in wait to ambush the Asian family in the hope of getting cash from the victims, who work in a local Chinese takeaway.
The criminals pounced on the family as they attempted to get into their house. A fight took place in the back garden and the victims were struck a number of times.
However, they managed to run away and the gang were forced to leave empty handed.
All four victims were later treated for their injuries at Tallaght Hospital before being discharged.
There have been no arrests in the attempted aggravated burglary case. Gardai are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.
It is understood that the incident happened at around the same time that gangland criminal Neil Fitzgerald (36) was shot dead at a different location in Tallaght.
His body was discovered by a passer-by on Sunday morning in the Hills Lane area of the Dublin suburb. There is no connection between the two crimes.
According to Central Statistics Office figures, there were 26,246 recorded burglary and related offences last year, representing a decrease of 1,389, or down 5pc, compared with 2014. The number of aggravated burglaries dropped by nearly 14pc.
Last weekend's incident in Tallaght is just the latest example of employees and owners of Chinese restaurants and takeaways being targeted by violent criminals.
Late last year, there was a spate of aggravated burglaries in which the owners of these type of businesses were targeted in border counties such as Louth and Monaghan.
A Northern Ireland-based Traveller gang were suspects in many of these cases, but local Tallaght criminals are suspected of being behind Sunday morning's attack.
The gang had been specifically targeting the owners of takeaways in the hope that they keep cash in their homes.