The father of a Longford man who was stabbed during a bare knuckle fight last week has called for the perpetrator to be brought to justice.
Martin Nevin (55) - known locally as Martin ‘The Roadrunner’ Nevin - was speaking at his home in Farnagh, Longford on Monday when he told the Leader that his 25-year-old son Michael was left fighting for his life after he and his two brothers met up with members of a family from Drogheda to settle an ongoing feud through a bare knuckle fight.
“My three sons went out to settle a dispute that was going on,” the father of 12 said, before adding that referees had been appointed and there had been an understanding that the fight would proceed “with everything above board and everything would be fair and square”.
“Our lads were checked before the fight - they would have had a few fights before, but there was never a problem and everything got settled,” continued Mr Nevin .
“Michael was fighting first and there was a bit of a dispute - he fell to the ground, but as soon as he got back up one of them ran in and stabbed Michael three times with the knife.”
Mr Nevin also claimed that at that point, another man grabbed a knife and proceeded to run after his other two sons.
Michael Nevin was then taken to hospital where he remained in intensive care for three days and was forced to endure two operations.
The six inch blade which pierced Michael missed his heart by just 1 cm and doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.
“We couldn’t believe this happened when we heard the news,” Mr Nevin continued.
The unexpected outcome has now caused further bitterness and Mr Nevin says that if those responsible don’t get jail, there will be repercussions, actions he added, that will be totally out of his control.
“As far as we are concerned this was attempted murder - they deliberately came out to do harm to my young fella,” Mr Nevin said, before adding his son was the father of two children and his partner was also pregnant with the couple’s third child.
“We know the gardaí are doing their best - they don’t like these bare knuckle fights, but from the Travellers’ point of view, those fights are still going to happen.
“Michael was born and reared here in Longford; he met a girl and moved to Dublin with her. He gets into no trouble in Dublin.
“All we want now is to get those responsible for this locked up; we will be happy then and will move on with life.”