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Two men in hospital after Inis Mor stabbing

A MAN is in critical condition after being stabbed twice in an incident on the Aran Islands.

Des Collins, a pilot with Aer Arann, was stabbed in the chest in the incident on Inis Mor yesterday afternoon.

A second man, Dubliner Vincent McCarron, a well-known basket weaver, was also injured in the incident which occurred at 1.15pm at Mainistir on Inis Mor.

Both men were airlifted on separate flights from the island by the Coast Guard helicopter to Galway University Hospital. Mr Collins remains in a critical, but stable condition, in Galway University Hospital.

The 47-year-old pilot, inset, has flown for Aer Arann for the past 12 years. Gardai are investigating the stabbing, but no arrests have been made to date. Vincent McCarron (67) is originally from Dublin but has lived on the island for a number of years. Mr McCarron is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

He is a renowned basket weaver and travels extensively around the world to exhibit his craft.

He and his wife Barbara, a native of the island, raised their four children on Inis Mor. Barbara and Vincent McCarron lost their youngest son Uinseon (24) in a car accident in Australia in May.

He was killed in a car crash in New South Wales on May 12 last. Yesterday would have marked the sixth-month anniversary of his death.

Speaking following the death of his son, Mr McCarron described him as not only his son, but his best friend.

One local said this latest incident had caused shock among the community.