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Gardai at the junction of Avonbeg Road and St Dominicks Road in Tallaght where a man was seroiusly assaulted. Photo: Damien Eagers

Gardai at the junction of Avonbeg Road and St Dominicks Road in Tallaght where a man was seroiusly assaulted. Photo: Damien Eagers

Gardai at the junction of Avonbeg Road and St Dominicks Road in Tallaght where a man was seroiusly assaulted. Photo: Damien Eagers

A YOUNG man is clinging to life after he was savagely beaten.

The victim, named locally as Dale Creighton, was rushed to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin following the brutal New Year assault.

However, the 20-year-old was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he was said to be in a critical condition with head injuries.

A 23-year-old man who was arrested last night along with a 20-year-old woman were expected to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice today in connection with the assault.

Gardai are following a line of inquiry in relation to the investigation.

A 20-year-old man was arrested late last night and is detained at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The victim is originally from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght where his mother is still believed to live.

Mr Creighton was found at 4am yesterday in a pool of blood with injuries that sources described as "sickening".

"He was attacked and brutally assaulted," said one source.

"The beating he got was horrendous."

Local sources say Mr Creighton was on his way to a different address from the one where he was living when he was attacked.

"I had heard singing around five minutes earlier around the bridge and the small green on the corner, and the next thing I heard screaming and a fella shouting," one source said.

"The next thing I saw was the ambulance and the guards. It's a terrible thing to happen to anybody."

The area was sealed off for forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

A pedestrian bridge that links the St Dominic's Road over the Tallaght bypass with the Greenhills Road and Tallaght village was also sealed off for a time.

It is believed that Mr Creighton may have crossed this bridge from Tallaght before being set upon.

 

DEVASTATED

A neighbour of Dale's mother in Glenshane Grove said: "We didn't see much of Dale in recent years as he wasn't around much. He'd be coming and going. But I knew him well when he was younger and he was a lovely fellow.

"Everyone is devastated by what has happened."

She added: "We heard that Dale and a friend were invited to a party in Kilnamanagh but he decided not to go.

"He was walking on his own at the bridge when he was attacked."

A number of local people expressed sadness that Dale had been the victim of such a vicious assault.

They said he was a young man who was not a troublemaker.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who knows anything about the attack to contact them.

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