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Two tourists, who were visiting the Irish capital from the UK over the weekend, were hospitalised after falling victim to an unprovoked attack in the city centre.

According to reports, the two individuals, who are aged 36 and 38, were walking on Blessington Street in Dublin 7 at approximately 1am yesterday when the incident occurred.

The men, who were visiting Dublin on a stag weekend, fell into conversation with a man in his 30s who then carried out the unprovoked attack.

Both men suffered stab wounds to their stomachs and were transferred to  the nearby Mater Hospital where their injuries are said to be not life-threatening.

A motive for the attack has yet to be established as neither victim was robbed by their assailant.

Commenting on the attack, Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha, said "It was an appalling attack and of grave concern that something like this could happen."

A Garda investigation into the incident is still ongoing.


There is now growing certainty that Metrojet's Irish-owned Airbus A321-200 was blown out of the sky by an explosive device planted in luggage.

Indeed, British prime minister David Cameron said this afternoon that it was "likely" that a bomb caused the tragedy.

Furthermore, there are huge concerns relating to airport security at the tourist hotspot of Sharm el-Sheikh – meaning all British and Irish flights to and from the region have been suspended. 

The move has resulted in some 20,000 people being stranded in the region, although London has said it will begin evacuating people from tomorrow. 

Some 224 people died on board the Moscow-based airline on Saturday morning.

The plane crashed in a remote mountainous part of the Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after taking off from the resort – where temperature of 28C at this time of year make it an immensely popular winter sun destination for Irish tourists.

Following a similar announcement by Downing Street, the Irish Aviation Authority last night said it had directed "Irish airline operators not to operate to/from Sharm el‐Sheikh Airport, Egypt or in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula airspace until further notice".

Except for three Ukrainians and one Belarusian, all of those on board Flight 7K9268 were Russian. Twenty-five were children.

EmiratesLufthansa, Qatar Airways and Air France have all already stopped flying over the Peninsula, while British Airways pilots were told months ago not to fly in the area below 25,000ft because of the risk of terrorist-lead strikes. 


The folk of this isle love a good seisún… So it's no surprise that more than half of tourists visit Ireland because of our pubs.

Yes, it's been found that our heritage and culture are still the most popular reasons for people to travel to our beautiful green nation. 

A total of 57 percent of tourists surveyed recently said that culture and heritage were their main reason for visiting Ireland. Meanwhile, 54 percent said that the traditional Irish pub was the factor that most influenced their decision to come here. 

Three in five respondents said that the Irish themselves are the reason for coming over here in the first place (go us!), and a quarter said in the survey that 'friendly' was the word that came to mind when they thought about the nationality. 

The survey questioned a total of 500 tourists from the US, Canada, France, Germany and the UK and was carried out by Support Your Local – a campaign which aims to cut excise tax on alcohol.

Noreen O'Sullivan, a publican from Tipperary, said that the high excise duty on alcohol is damaging the industry. 

"As it stands, excise is around 31 percent on beer, 68 percent  on whiskey, and 64 percent on wine. These taxes are damaging our competitiveness and costing jobs," she said.

Bart Storan, who runs the Support Your Local campaign, said, "Our pubs and hospitality are renowned globally as part of the Irish character and experience. 

"In every city, town and village, pubs are part of the unique fabric of the community, supporting jobs, catalysing spending, and sharing our story around the world."



She’s not exactly known for being camera shy!

But yesterday, Kelly Brook looked absolutely mortified when she was recognised by a group of tourist in London who apparently started singing at the top of their lungs to her!

And to make matters worse, Kelly had apparently been making a mad dash home at the time as she had popped out to the shops completely make-up free.

Don’t worry Kelly, you still look stunning!

Kelly flashed the huge sparkler on her engagement finger as she tried to hide her face from the super excited fans.

The 34-year-old model had recently returned from a stay in the US, where she’s staring in a new TV show.

Kelly had better start getting used to the extra attention then as she looks set to become even more famous stateside!