GARDAI are investigating after three young males, including a 14-year old boy, received stab wounds in series of attacks overnight in Limerick.
The attacks occurred in the vicinity of Corbally Baths, near the Mill Road.
When gardai responded to the area they discovered an ambulance crew treating a 14-year old boy for minor stab wounds, sources said.
An 18-year old male and 16-year old male received serious, but, non-life threatening stab wounds.
A garda source said they believe all three incidents are linked, and that they all happened in the same general area, around the same time.
Gardai were alerted to the scene after locals reported “a lot of activity and shouting”, and people running “up and down the street”.
Some youths “ran for cover in a nearby house, but to be fair to the Gardai they were on the scene very quickly,” a local source said.
They said they were concerned the alleged incidents had occurred early in the night close to houses, with “a crowd of about 15 youths plus”.
The source said there was “a need for street lights at Corbally Baths, even to support gardai”.
The area is a well known local beauty spot, located along the banks of the River Shannon.
A garda spokeswoman said: “Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault that occurred in a park at Corbally Baths, Corbally, Limerick on the 11th October 2019 at approximately 8.30pm. A man in his teens received stabs wounds and was taken to University Hospital Limerick by Ambulance with serious but non life threatening injuries.”
“A male in his late teens was allegedly involved in an altercation with other youths in a park at Corbally Baths and was taken to UHL with serious but non life threatening injuries.”
The spokeswoman confirmed a third youth had received “minor stab wounds”.
The motive for the attacks were unclear, however the spokeswoman said, “investigations are ongoing”.
There were no reports of any arrests.
While the Corbally Baths area is used by walkers during the daytime, it is also frequented by gangs of youths in the evenings and at night.
Last February the area experienced a deluge of local youth gangs engaging in anti-social behaviour and violence.
Extra garda resources were pumped into the normally peaceful community after a local teenager was slashed in the face in an unprovoked attack last February.
Last January a heritage sign at the historic baths was destroyed, prompting locals to seek the deployment of gardai on bicycles to the area.