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Injured man remains in a stable but critical condition at St James's Hospital in Dublin

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Man and two juveniles appear in court over Longford St Patrick's Day stabbing

The scene of an alleged stabbing which occurred in Longford town on St Patrick's Day.

A man and two juveniles have appeared in court this morning (Sunday) charged in connection with the stabbing of a man in Longford town on St Patrick's Day.

Ciaran McDonnell (18) 34 College Park, Longford and two juveniles aged 17 and 15 appeared before Judge Kevin Kilraine at a special sitting of Longford District Court.

All three were charged with assault causing harm following an incident which occurred at New Street, Longford on March 17 2017.

Sgt Garry Loughrey gave evidence of having arrested, charged and cautioned Mr McDonnell at Granard Garda Station shortly after 1am this morning.

He said Mr McDonnell, when handed a true copy of the charge sheet, made no reply.

Judge Kilraine was also told that the State would be seeking to remand Mr McDonnell in custody.

Defence solicitor Trish Cronin, in response, indicated she would be pressing ahead with a bail application for her client.

This, however, was denied by Judge Kilraine.

Instead, Mr McDonnell was remanded in custody to appear back before a sitting of Harristown District Court next Friday (March 24) when it is expected Director of Public Prosecutions directions will be given.

Bail was however, granted to the two juveniles who also appeared in connection with Friday's incident in Longford town.

The pair, who cannot be named due to their ages, were ordered to abide by a number of strict conditions including a 7pm-8am curfew, to sign on daily at Longford Garda Station and to refrain from passing St Mel's Cathedral to enter Longford town except for legal consultations.

This morning's sitting comes following an alleged stabbing in Longford town on St Patrick's Day.

A man remains in a stable but critical condition at St James's Hospital in Dublin as a result of that incident.

For more on this story, see next week's Longford Leader.

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