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A stabbing at a Catholic school in Ireland left several people hospitalised

On the 23rd of November 2023, an Algerian man armed with a knife attacked a group of children outside Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, a private Catholic primary school. As a result of the attack three young children and a care assistant who tried to protect the kids were stabbed.


A five-year-old girl was critically injured and remains hospitalised in critical condition. The assistant, who received multiple stabs, is also in a serious condition. Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire (St. Mary’s College) is an Irish Gaelic-speaking Catholic primary school located in Parnell Square in Dublin.

The stabbing attack took place outside the school at approximately 1.30 pm when the children were leaving. The man who committed the attack, an Algerian, naturalised as Irish in 2014 after his deportation order was revoked, already had a criminal record.

This, however, did not prevent the man from attacking the children with a knife on the 23rd of November as they left school. The attacker was subsequently disarmed and immobilised by passers-by until the police arrived to arrest him.



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