There are fears that a tourist attacked in Dublin’s Temple Bar on Friday night could lose an eye.

He is a Swiss national and was visiting Dublin and was with a female companion when the attack took place on Fownes Street at around 9:50pm.

It is understood that the man and woman, both in their 40s, were at a fast food restaurant in the area prior to the brutal assault and may have had an altercation with a group of young men.

However, after the couple left, the man was attacked at some distance.

It is unknown if a weapon was used in the attack, but the man suffered severe facial injuries and could lose an eye, possibly an eye.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to St James’s Hospital.

His injuries are very serious but not life threatening.

GardaĆ­ of Pearse Street is seeking contact from anyone with information or footage of the incident.

As part of the Garda investigation into the incident, CCTV of the fast food restaurant and Temple Bar area are being collected and reviewed.

Anyone with information can contact the Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 666 9000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 11, or any Garda Station.

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