A young woman bravely fought three teenagers who laughed when they attacked her with a knife and sliced her leg with a blade.
Emma Hanrahan, 30, successfully managed to deflect the blade from her face and neck as she bravely kicked and punched the teenagers until they fled.
According to the international news source, Emma was walking through GAA car park in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin when she was hit from behind at around 6 pm on Friday.
She told an international news source, “I had my earphones in so I didn’t hear them coming until I got a thump to the back of my head and was pushed face down to the ground,”
“I saw feet and then felt pain in my leg where they cut me. I just started punching and kicking as hard as I could and I managed to knock one to the ground.”
“I saw the weapon, which I reckon was a knife, coming at my face and neck but thankfully, I managed to get my hands up in time and the thickness of my jacket sleeve took the cuts,” she added.
“They were just laughing all the time and when I kicked one of them to the ground, the other said Run Blood or some kind of gang slang to them. They were only kids. Maybe 17 or 18 years old or even younger and were covered up well.”
She continued, “I don’t think they wanted to rob me because I had my phone, €20, and cigarettes in my pockets but they didn’t even look for anything.
“When they ran off, I just got up and ran and stumbled to try and get to safety and an elderly man came to see if I was ok. He had heard screams and had rung the gardai who arrived within about five minutes.
“I’d actually really like to find this man again to say thank you.”
She further said, “The gardai brought me home and the paramedics called to check me over later.
“My lip is busted and there was a lot of blood. The back of my ear was cut, I’ve bruises everywhere as I got kicked to the side of my head and face and I have a cut to my leg from the blade. I’m just blessed that I was wearing such a thick jacket that took the other stabs.
The mum of three who has a five-year-old daughter with severe special needs says her ten-year-old child was supposed to come walking with her but changed her mind at the last minute.
“My ten-year-old daughter was supposed to come walking with me but thankfully she changed her mind just before we left.”
“I won’t be going out for a walk on my own ever again. This town has become really bad in terms of gangs and violence and I believe two girls were attacked over Christmas. I grew up in a rough area of Dublin and I’m a tough cookie but this has really shaken me to the core. When you are in that situation, it’s true what they say, your life really does flash before your eyes and all I could see were my daughters and my partner Rob.”
“I work really hard with community groups to try and make this town safer and I’m just thinking, is this the thanks I get – to get jumped on. I’m shocked. The situation in this town is getting out of hand and I don’t want my daughters growing up here in the way it is at the minute.”
“I just can’t get it out of my head that they were laughing all the time they were lunging at me with a knife – they are just vile mouthed animals.”
A garda spokesperson said, “Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault which occurred on the Bath Road in Balbriggan, Co.Dublin on Friday 15th January 2021 at approximately 6.30 pm.”
“A woman was approached from behind by three male youths, who pushed her to the ground. The woman received injuries from the incident. These have not been reported as serious.
“No arrests have been made.”