By David Raleigh
Gardaí has closed a bar in Limerick City after a man yesterday found suspicious stab wounds in a bar.
The man, aged over thirty, was injured during "an altercation" with another man, in the North Star pub, Thomondgate, said Gardaí.
Gardaí said the incident took place somewhere between 20.45 and 21.00 hours.
The victim is known to Gardaí, sources confirmed.
His injuries are "not life-threatening", sources added.
The man was treated by ambulance personnel on the spot before being transferred by an ambulance to the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment.
A second man – who, according to Garda, had tried to intervene in the incident between the victim and another man – was slightly injured and also brought to UHL by ambulance.
Garda sources believe that the incident arose from an argument between parties that are closely linked.
"The suspect has fled", a source has been added.
Chief Inspector Derek Smart, the Henry Street Garda station, who led the investigation, said he did not comment on information from reliable sources that the victim had been stabbed.
"We are investigating an incident in the North Star bar, two men were injured and taken to the hospital by ambulance," said Supt Smart.
"The pub is closed and closed and is treated as a crime scene pending a technical investigation," adds Supt Smart.
Gardaí are investigating CCTV from the pub and the environment as part of their research, he said.
It is clear that there were a number of patrons in the pub when the incident occurred.
"We follow a clear line of research," said a Garda source.
In a separate and unrelated incident, a man in his twenties was reportedly stabbed in his head in a house in Caherdavin in the early hours of Monday morning.
The man is said to be in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital.
A second man who suffered stab wounds in the same incident is in a serious but stable condition at University Hospital Limerick, Gardai said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mayorstone Garda station at 061-456980.