Moment Dublin star Jonny Cooper is stabbed in early morning knife attack
This is the moment GAA star Jonny Cooper was stabbed in Dublin city centre.
The grainy image shows the Dublin defender sitting on some steps in the north inner city with his assailant standing over him and riffling his pockets.
It is believed the 24-year-old was followed before being stabbed several times in the knife attack, which happened at about 5.30am on Dorsett Street on Dublin’s north inner city.
He was rushed to the Mater Hospital for treatment and was released this afternoon.
Absolutely Humbled by the msgs & calls over last few hours! Thank you all! I have an amazing group of friends and family.— Jonny Cooper (@jcoops) September 20, 2014
"Absolutely Humbled by the msgs & calls over last few hours," Cooper later wrote on Twitter. "Thank you all! I have an amazing group of friends and family."
Cooper had been at his club's championship game last night as they were knocked out of the Dublin SFC by Templeogue Synge Street. He had not played due to injury.
The GAA star has been a trusted lieutenant of Jim Gavin's since captaining the county U-21s to All-Ireland success in 2010 and spent most of this season at centre-back for the Dubs.
In a statement on Twitter his club Na Fianna said: "We can confirm that Johnny Cooper was injured in an incident that is under Garda investigation, we would like to wish him a speedy recovery."
We can confirm that Johnny Cooper was injured in an incident that is under Garda investigation, we would like to wish him a speedy recovery.— CLG Na Fianna (@clgNaFianna) September 20, 2014
His father Brendan later confirmed his son would be released from hospital this afternoon.
The Hill 16 Army’s Facebook page read: “Brilliant news that Jonny Cooper is recovering well and has been released from the Mater hospital after last nights viscous attack.
"We wish Jonny a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action soon."
In a separate incident, a man in his early 20s was suffered stab injuries at Whitestown Park in Blanchardstown shortly after 5am.
He is being treated for serious injuries at James Connolly Memorial Hospital.