The community in the Blarney area is reeling from a second “shocking” incident within two weeks, after a man suffered a head injury from a suspected hatchet attack today.
The incident happened at lunchtime in Tower, when a man in his 20s was approached by two men and viciously attacked.
Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene, and the victim was taken to hospital with what’s understood to be a serious head wound following the incident.
One man was arrested in connection with the suspected assault, and was taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station.
It’s understood Gardaí are searching for a second man believed to have been involved in the incident.
In a statement, gardaí said: "Gardaí are investigating an assault on a man that occurred at approximately 1:30pm today at Riverview Estate, Tower, Blarney. A man in his late 20s sustained head injuries during the assault and was taken to Cork University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
"A man in his early 20s was arrested in connection with this assault a short time later. He has since been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions."
This is the second violent incident in the Blarney area in less than two weeks.
Earlier this month, a video of a man being seriously assaulted with a hurley in a local shop went viral.
That assault is believed to be linked to an ongoing feud between families in Cork.
Local councillors have said that people have found both incidents "deeply shocking."
Fine Gael Councillor Damien Boylan, who is from Blarney, said he was “shocked that this horrible thing should happen in our community. We hope that the person who was injured has a full recovery.”
Meanwhile, Independent Councillor Ken O’Flynn, said: “It’s a decent, quiet, honest, hard-working village and as someone who was born and reared in Blarney, it’s not something we’re used to.
"It’s something that’s shocking us all. It’s very upsetting to hear about.
“It’s a village that’s never had to deal with anything like this really in the past.
"We’ve had a couple of disturbances in Blarney, but nothing this vicious.”