Rugby player seriously injured after ‘homophobic attack’ in Dublin


Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has condemned an alleged homophobic attack after a man was seriously injured following an incident in Dublin over the weekend.

van Somers, 23, said he was attacked on Dame Street and suffered a broken eye socket, dislocated ankle and other injuries.

In a post on Twitter on Sunday, he said: “Last night a stranger called me af***ot before beating me to death. He left me with a broken eye socket, 2 fractures in my ankle, a dislocation in my ankle and some other minor injuries. We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go in terms of equality.

“I really wasn’t sharing this for attention, I felt like it needed to be seen rather than hidden because this is the reality that so many LGBTQ+ people go through on a regular basis and if it makes you uncomfortable, you should.” maybe do it.

“For those wondering where this happened, it was on Dame Street in Dublin, not far from Gay Spar/The George, and it was around 3:30am.”

Mr Varadkar said he was “appalled” by the incident and planned to discuss it with Justice Secretary Helen McEntee.

In a post on Twitter, he said: “Shocked and appalled that an attack of this nature has occurred in our capital. We will be discussing the presence of Garda on our street and new hate crime laws with Helen McEntee. I’m sorry about what happened. I wish you a speedy recovery.”

Legendary singer Boy George has also condemned the attack, in a post on Twitter saying: “What has stirred your freedom to be who you are in this hideous creature? I’m sorry for what has been going through and I hope they catch him. There are satellites that see everything.”

Mr Somers is a member of Emerald Warriors RFC, Ireland’s first LGBT+ inclusive rugby team.

In a statement on Twitter, the Emerald Warriors said they were “devastated” by the attack.

“We are devastated and shocked after the attack on our teammate/warrior last night. This is Ireland 2022. As many of our stakeholders are telling us, homophobic attacks and slurs are on the rise. We’re here for you.”

“As a club we strive to be part of the positive cultural change for our LGBTQ+ family in our communities and in our rugby community in particular.”

Leinster Rugby also shared a message of support on Instagram: “Wishing Evan a speedy recovery #rugbyfamily.”

The George, a Dublin LGBTQ nightclub, also offered his support and wished him “a speedy recovery from this horrific attack”.

In a statement to, Gardaí confirmed they were investigating the incident and urged witnesses to come forward.

The statement read: “Gardaí is investigating all the circumstances of an attack on a man in his 20s, including any hate-related motivation, which occurred at approximately 3:45am on Sunday 10 April 2022 on Dame Street.”

“The injured man was taken to St James’ Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No arrests have been made at this time.”

Gardaí is appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this attack to contact Pearse Street on 01 6669000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Rugby player seriously injured after ‘homophobic attack’ in Dublin

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