Irish singer Damien Dempsey and Love/Hate actor John Connors came to the aid of a woman when she was targeted in a violent mugging.
Beautician Joan Moore was in Fairview restaurant and takeaway Hillbilly’s when the incident occurred.
The Dubliner recalls that she was wearing a designer Guess bag when noticed a tall man watching her from his seat.
“My bag looked expensive but it probably only had €5 in it,” she told Independent.ie.
She describes that the same man grabbed her and pulled her out the door, trying to make a break for it with her handbag.
Joan fought back and the pair ended up on the ground, “he was on top of me, growling into my face and screaming at me,” she recalls.
“I did manage to fight him off by continuously kicking him. I wasn’t letting go of mine because I had my childs school documents in it.”
Actor John Connors, who played pipe bomb maker Patrick, and Dempsey were both in the restaurant having a meal, when they saw the struggle. The pair chased the man down the road accompanied by the security guard.
While Joan managed to kick the man off and hold on to her handbag, she said that the security guard was stabbed in the hand by the man’s stanley knife in the pursuit.
Joan, still in shock, asked the two heroes to walk her back to her car after the ordeal, but she admitted she had “no idea who they were”.
The 38-year-old was diagnosed with whiplash and was badly bruised after the attack, which happened in March, and was urged to report the matter to the Gardai. According to Joan, the man is known to the Gardai and they are following it up.
It was only when the Gardai identified Connors (24) and Dempsey (39) that the penny dropped.
“They said ‘do you not know who that guy is - he is off Love/Hate.’” Joan said.
“I have met John since at a charity event. I just said thanks to him. Both of them were great they got up and ran after him and came back to mind me and that’s something else,” she states.
“I would just like to say thanks very much to them both I honestly don’t think it would have ended the way it did if they weren’t there. Thank God, it makes me think twice about bringing a hand bag and I’m always looking over my shoulder now when I’m out,” she said.
Bizarrely, Joan was also actually mugged while on holidays in Paris a few months after the incident.
In June this year, Dempsey used a sheet to pull a drowning man from the River Slaney in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, after he spotted two men in trouble on his way to a gig.
The shy star was featured on the roll of honour at the 'National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2014 in October for his heroic actions.